Baghjan Blaze, Assam
10 Nov, 2020
Baghjan oil well No 5 of Oil India Limited in Tinsukia, Assam caught fire on June 9, 2020.
The devastating fire broke out after a blowout in the well on 27 May, 2020.
The blaze destroyed the ecology and devastated properties and livelihoods of thousands of families.
Several rare species of birds, reptile, animals and amphibian lives were lost.
The fire has been blazing for 5 months now.
OIL did not have the mandatory clearances to operate Baghjan oil well
OIL got experts from overseas to douse the fire but has so far failed.
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other key ministers visited Baghjan and announced several schemes and initiatives for the betterment of the affected people.
NGT directed OIL to pay compensation between Rs 2.5 lakh to 25 lakhs depending on the damages.
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The schemes announced are yet to be implemented. Baghjan Gaon Milanjyoti Yuva Sangha (BGMYS) has staged protests demanding speedy implementation.
OIL to douse the fire brought a snubbing equipment unit from Calgary in Canada.
It might take several more months or years for normal life to return for the people of Baghjan.