BSP fire mishap: Death toll reaches 13

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Oct 2018 11:20:37


Staff Reporter,


WITH one more victim in the major fire mishap at BSP, succumbing during treatment on Thursday morning, the death toll has reached 13. The ten other fire mishap victims are undergoing treatment at JLN Hospital, Bhilai.
According to information, Satya Vijay who had sustained cent percent burns in the fire mishap of Coke Oven, BSP, succumbed during treatment on Thursday at about 7 am. Satya Vijay was the Senior Technician in Energy Management Department (EMD) of BSP. After the fire mishap four deaths reported within three days, and death toll reached 13.

Among the 10 other victims, undergoing treatment at the hospital, Sukant Behera (ACT, EMD) and Lokendra Kumar Dhurwe (Fireman), both with seventy percent burns and Sohanlal Meena and Jitendra Kumar (Both BSP fireman) with fifty percent burns while five other with forty percent burns and one with thirty percent burns, are receiving treatment at the hospital. The team of specialist doctors attending the cases. On information, Bhilai Nagar police team reached the hospital and took the body into custody, after preparing an inquest of the incident. The police handed over body to the family members of deceased following autopsy. Bhilai Nagar police recorded unnatural death in zero, and transferred the case to Bhatti Police Station in consideration of jurisdiction.

Pramila Mandawi, Station House Officer, Bhatti Police Station informed that the police team recorded all unnatural deaths, and in the course of further investigation, the facts of BSP fire mishap would be ascertained following the receipt of autopsy reports. The police would initiate legal action in the matter on basis of investigation.


      M Ravi suspended          





M Ravi suspended

AFTER being relieved from the charge of BSP CEO M Ravi has been suspended pending enquiry. As per sources, the suspension order was issued on Thursday following the approval of Board of Directors.
It may be recalled that taking serious note of the major fire mishap in BSP, Union Steel Minister, Chaudhary Birender Singh has relieved CEO of BSP M Ravi from the charge.
It was announced by Union Minister, Singh while talking to the mediapersons in Bhilai on Wednesday noon. The suspension order was served to M Ravi after this mishap and perhaps this was the first instance when a Chief Executive Officer of a major public sector was suspended for a mishap that occurred in its work place.



Arun Kumar Rath takes charge as CEO of BSP

Arun Kumar Rath took charge as Chief Executive Officer of SAIL’s Bhilai Steel Plant on Thursday. Upon arrival at Bhilai Niwas in the morning, Rath was welcomed by Reeta Banerjee, ED (MM), P K Dash, ED (Works) B P Nayak, ED (F & A), Anurag Nagar, GM I/c (P & A) and other senior officers of the Plant. From Bhilai Niwas, Rath went straight to JLN Hospital & RC where he enquired about the condition of the injured admitted in Burn Unit and interacted with their family members.

Rath interacted with Director I/c M & HS, Dr K N Thakur, senior doctors and hospital administrators and gave directions for providing best medical care and treatment. Rath then headed for the Plant where he visited the site of the unfortunate incident that took place on 9th Oct 2018. He also visited Energy Management Department (EMD) and Fire Services Department in order to console the grief-stricken employees who lost their colleagues in the tragic incident and observed two- minute silence with a prayer as the mark of respect to departed souls.

Later, Rath arrived at Ispat Bhavan where he took charge as CEO of the Plant and interacted with members of the top management team of the Plant. Rath said that he is humbled to take on this challenging responsibility. These are testing times. However, I have full confidence in Bhilai Collective and together we would certainly overcome this situation and bounce back to normalcy at the earliest.

Rath said our priority should be to extend all possible support to families of our colleagues, whom we have lost in this unfortunate incident and to provide best medical care to those who have suffered injuries. He directed all concerned officials to ensure that all support & care is taken of the families of the deceased. Emphasizing on the need to ensure hundred per cent compliance of safety norms and procedures, Rath said that in this regard services of the expert agencies would be sought immediately. Rath said he would welcome suggestions from employees and would soon be interacting with the collective through open forums where employees can share their concerns freely & frankly.

Prior to his current assignment, Rath was Chief Executive Officer of Durgapur Steel Plant. Under the stewardship of Rath, DSP completed the execution of the Plant’s recent Modernization programme. Under his leadership, DSP undertook many Turnaround interventions for improvement in production, productivity & profitability and developmental activities of producing new types of wheels for Indian Railways. The Plant witnessed all-time best production and techno-economic parameters.

A strong believer in cultural and HR interventions, Rath was actively involved in several HR initiatives of SAIL. He is also a motivational speaker and connects easily with young and innovative minds. His innovative, inclusive and proactive approaches have yielded rich dividends during his stint in different Plants of SAIL. Rath was earlier Executive Director [Projects] of IISCO Steel Plant, Burnpur, another unit of SAIL where he was instrumental in project execution under the 2.5 MT Expansion Project.

A distinguished alumnus of NIT, Rourkela in Electrical Engineering, Rath started his career in Rourkela Steel Plant in 1982. During his tenure in RSP, Rath proved his mettle in repair and maintenance of large electrical machines. Rath was selected by SAIL as a team member of its in-house Consultancy wing SAILCON for developing skills in the maintenance activities of Hot Strip Mill at a steel company in Saudi Arabia. Rath has undergone specialized training programs in India & abroad and won several awards & recognitions for exemplary performance. Rath is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of injunction services ltd., a Joint Venture between SAIL and TATA Steel and Director in Tata Refractories Limited (TRL).