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Assam: Mothers Giving Birth to Stillborns in the Vicinity of Baghjan, Claims Congress Legislator

G Plus News | September 02, 2020 18:29 hrs

In a startling claim, Congress legislator Durga Bhumij from Doomdooma constituency, Assam said that there have been stillborn babies in the vicinity of the Baghjan Oil Well fire which has been raging for nearly 90 days now. The oil well belongs to Oil India Limited (OIL).

Raising the matter during the Zero Hour, Bhumij said people of the area are being forced to live in relief camps since the gas leakage started on May 27 and the fire broke out on June 9.

He claimed that stillborn children were being born in the area since the blast, while the mental health of the people has also deteriorated leading at least one person in a relief camp to commit suicide.

“It is nearly 100 days but no solution is in sight. The government must pressurize OIL to find a solution soon,” he said. 

Bhumij, who is the local MLA, also pointed to the environmental damage caused by the fire and demanded proper compensation in this regard also. 

Assam Industries Minister, Chandra Mohan Patowary, while replying to the question said that the fire at Baghjan Oil Well in Upper Assam is likely to be doused in the next six to eight weeks.

Patowary said an expert team and specialized equipment are being flown in a chartered flight from Canada and through snubbing, the fire and leakage in the well will be killed; but the process will take another 6-8 weeks.

Previous attempts to douse the fire, including by experts of Alert Disaster Control of Singapore, have failed.

It may be mentioned here that chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal had announced seven special initiatives for the affected areas when he had visited Baghjan, which included building of concrete road, skill development centre and developing Maguri Motapung Beel as an international tourist destination.

Union petroleum minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, during his visit to Baghjan, said stern action will be taken against those found guilty of negligence leading to the disaster. The minister had also said that OIL has been asked to ensure all precautionary measures be in place in all its activities in the future.

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