NIRANI INSPECTS BLAST SITE IN CHIKKABALLAPURA, INSTRUCTS OFFICIALS TO FIND OUT ILLEGAL HOARDING OF EXPLOSIVES IN STONE QUARRIES
* Only those having permission should use explosives
* Inspection of vehicles will be tightened at checkposts
*Officials showing laxity to face disciplinary action
Chikkaballapura, February 23: Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani inspected the blast site at Hirenagavalli in Chikkaballapura. The minister collected information from the officials and instructed them to find out illegal hoarding of explosives in stone quarries and mining areas. He said government will take all the necessary precautions so that such incidents do not recur.
Addressing the media personnel after inspecting the blast site, Nirani warned of tough action against the culprits. “Tough action will be taken against those found using explosives without govt permission. Licence from government is mandatory to use explosives. Criminal cases will be filed against those responsible for such incidents in future. Vehicles will be subjected to tough inspection at checkposts with the coordination of transport and home departments. Vehicles departing from the state and arriving from other states will be strictly monitored. Govt will enact a law making it mandatory to obtain licence to use explosives” Nirani added.
Warning the officials over laxity, the minister said such officials will face disciplinary action. “Government will take action against the officials who fail to take action to prevent such incidents. Vehicles transporting explosives must be inspected thoroughly and officials who show laxity will face disciplinary action. Those responsible for Chikkaballapur blast will be punished as per the law and there is no question of leniency no matter how powerful and influential the accused are”, Nirani warned.
Consoling the kin of the deceased, Nirani said government will provide all assistance. “Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has already ordered CID probe into the blast incident to find out the truth. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. A compensation of Rs 5 lakh provided to the kin of deceased. The injured will be provided best medical care. Govt will extend all the assistance to the victims and their families” Nirani said.
The minister, who landed in Bengaluru from New Delhi, headed directly to the blast site. Chikkaballapura DC, SP and officials of Mines and Geology accompanied Murugesh Nirani.