Guwahati: Announcing that the foreign experts engaged in the process to control the Oil India Limited (OIL) fire at Baghjan oilfield in Tinsukia district have expressed optimism that fire would be controlled and they have sought for few days’ time for this, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured him to provide all possible help to the affected people in the incident.
During his telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief minister Sonowal apprised him of the present situation of the fire and other issues relating to it.
While holding a video conference with Union petroleum minister, officers of the petroleum ministry and the foreign experts, who came from Singapore to gauge the actual ground situation, Pradhan assured that adequate compensation would be provided to those affected in the incident apart from extending all help.
The chief minister also informed that evacuation has been carried out and several relief camps have been set up to provide safe shelter to the people in the vicinity. Sonowal stated that both Central and state governments have been taking all necessary steps to ensure safety of people in the affected area along with providing adequate compensation to those affected.
Union petroleum minister, along with the experts of his ministry, was monitoring the whole situation and the experts of OIL, ONGC would be able to bring the situation under control soon, he said. Sonowal also informed that he talked with Union defence minister Rajnath Singh and home minister Amit Shah and requested to keep air and ground forces ready for carrying out relief and rescue operations for the affected people. Both the union ministers assured of all help in this regard, he said.
On the other hand, the chief minister also talked with Union minister of state for DoNER, Jitender Singh, and Union minister Kiren Rijiju for apprising them about the developments. Chief minister Sonowal also extended his condolences over the death of two OIL employees out of the four missing personnel working at the oil well and said that they both made supreme sacrifice for the greater interest of the society.