There were reports of a public sector unit totally perishing due to fire accident causing loss to the exchequer to the tune of Rs 500 crores. Interestingly no one was held responsible for this. How long can we tolerate this kind of public sector apathy squandering the taxpayers hard earned money? Your views?
The 7 member probe committee under the former HPCL Chairman has submitted its report and the observations are as under, as reported in the newspapers (I think, mainline newspapers have missed it and financial papers have only reported on the report of the probe): -
- Major cause was non-observance of normal safety measures.
- Non-availability of self contained breathing suits and fire suits made the fire fighting party that arrived redundant.
- IOC personnel had no special fire resistant suits by which they could approach the safety valves and swithch it off resulting in the leakage of 5500 kilo literes of petrol and setting off the fire.