RAJAHMUNDRY: The Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) handed over cheques for `2 lakh Sunday as compensation drawn from the PM’s Relief Fund to each of the families of the deceased in a gas pipeline blast in Nagaram village. Cheques for `50,000 were given away to the injured in the incident.
As many as 21 persons died and 19 were injured in the blast that occurred on June 27. Deputy chief minister Nimmakayala Chinna Rajappa, GAIL director A Karnatak and collector Neetu Prasad handed over the cheques to the victims.
In addition to this, an amount of `48.46 lakh was given to the owners of 1,196 coconut trees which were burnt in the fire and `51 lakh towards damage of vehicles and furniture. An amount of `3,500 each was given to two cycles which were burnt down in the fire.
GAIL director (projects) A Karnatak said the organisation would take care of the welfare of the people in Nagaram village. Engineers India Limited (EIL) was inquiring into the incident and after getting the report action would be taken against the persons responsible for the incident, he added.
Chinna Rajappa said the state government had directed GAIL authorities to take steps for the well-being of the people of Nagaram village. Razole MLA P Narayana Murthy, collector Neetu Prasad and joint collector R Mutyala Raju were present.