Sudden fire in abandoned ONGC well, people evacuated

By: | Published: June 24, 2016 10:15 PM

An abandoned ONGC gas well at Takkatulsi, a tribal hamlet in South Tripura district today caught fire and engulfed a large part of the village forcing evacuation of the people.

Superintendent of police Bhanupada Chakraborty, who is camping in the area, said the well was abandoned about 20 years ago by ONGC and was sealed. (Reuters)Superintendent of police Bhanupada Chakraborty, who is camping in the area, said the well was abandoned about 20 years ago by ONGC and was sealed. (Reuters)

An abandoned ONGC gas well at Takkatulsi, a tribal hamlet in South Tripura district today caught fire and engulfed a large part of the village forcing evacuation of the people.

Superintendent of police Bhanupada Chakraborty, who is camping in the area, said the well was abandoned about 20 years ago by ONGC and was sealed.

“Suddenly a huge fire broke out there in the afternoon and natural gas was gushing out,” he said.

There was, however, no damage or any injury so far, he added.

As people panicked, those residing within a km’s radius were evacuated and huge contingent of police and paramilitary forces were deployed.

Fire tenders were rushed in the district headquarter town of Belonia and neighbouring Gomati district and engaged to douse the blaze, he said.

Chakraborty said he has spoken to the ONGC asset manager S C Sony, who assured him that a special fire fighting engine is being rushed to the spot and a technical team of ONGC would also be sent.

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