Rourkela Steel Plant Gas Leak: Asst Manager of Safety Section, 2 DGMs Suspended


Rourkela: Taking action regarding the Rourkela Steel Plant gas leak mishap, the Assistant Manager of Safety Section has been suspended over dereliction of duty.

The official has been identified as Smrutiranjan Sahoo.

Two Deputy General Managers (DGMs) of the Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) were suspended yesterday in connection with the gas leak mishap.

The suspended officials are N Das, the DGM of Coal Chemical Department and G Barik, the DGM of Energy Management Department.

After a preliminary investigation, the two officials were found guilty of dereliction of duty, sources said.

At least four workers died on Wednesday and a few others fell ill after inhaling a toxic gas leaked from Coal Chemical Department of the RSP.

The four were contractual workers engaged by a private company, they said.

“According to a preliminary report, the four workers died due to emission of carbon monoxide gas from the unit,” the officials said.

RSP CEO Dipak Chattaraj expressed deep anguish over the tragedy.

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