The owner of the plot, on which the Alang Ship Breaking Yard blast took place, appears to have ignored the strict implementation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), which must be adopted while working in a confined space, as per rules framed by Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB).
Cabinet minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Monday made this statement in the Assembly, after three MLAs demanded a discussion on the accident, expressing concern over the safety of workers working at Alang Ship Breaking Yard.
Chudasama also said that the families of the deceased will get compensation of Rs 2 lakh each from GMB’s Welfare Fund. He said the maritime board has also initiated an inquiry under the provisions of Ship Recycling Regulation, 2003, in the matter, which is likely to be over in 10 days, following which responsibilities will be laid and steps taken accordingly.
Chudasama told the House that five cheques, worth Rs 3 lakh, have been submitted by the plot holder to the GMB to be paid to the families of the victims who were killed as compensation, which would be given soon after verification. The plot holder, Chudasama added, has also deposited Rs 5 lakh with GMB’s Welfare Fund.
Five labourers were killed and nine seriously injured, following a blast in a ship that was being dismantled on Plot No 140 of the yard on June 28.
Chudasama said the firm, Paras Steel Corporation, which was dismantling the vessel, had taken all requisite permissions from different government departments — environment, factory inspector, explosive and GMB. The company had also procured a Decontamination Certificate from the Gujarat Pollution Control Board to dismantle the ship at the yard, he further informed the House.