An Indian oil Corporation (IOC) diesel pipeline,connected from the Mathura refinery to Jalandhar,burst on Thursday evening near Umrala village at Kosi kala town in Mathura.
Prima facie,officials have attributed the matter to a leakage and are awaiting the final report on the matter to ascertain the cause.
The incident was reported around 5 pm on Thursday when the pipeline burst. Several persons in the village tried filling up their vessels with the leaked diesel. Several litres of diesel were lost in the alleged pilferage attempt.
Officials said such attempts were made earlier too when poeple tried stealing diesel. Since the pipeline is at such high pressure,if at any time a valve is attached,there is a drop in pressure which is therefore noticed, said an official. Sources said immediately after the incident,hundreds of villagers gathered around the pipeline and filled up their buckets,matkas and glasses with diesel. Reportedly,the leakage went on for at least an hour,resulting in a loss of several hundred litres of diesel.
IOC Chairman and Managing Director R S Butola told The Indian Express,There was a pilferage attempt. Avalve was attached to the pipeline. However,the leakage was noticed and the drop in pressure was noted. The pipeline was immediately corrected and the line is in use now.