New Delhi: At least 13 people were injured, six of them critical, after a major fire erupted on Friday at Haldia Petrochemical’s Naphtha Cracker unit of Haldia Petrochemicals in the riverport of Haldia, 125 km away from Kolkata in West Bengal. Also Read - Kolkata's FD Block Durga Puja Pandal Gutted in Massive Fire Ahead of Idol Immersion
The plant was engulfed in flame at around 11:15 AM today. The injured have been taken to a hospital in Kolkata for treatment. Over ten fire brigades to douse the blaze and several ambulances reached the spot and are currently undertaking rescue operations at the Haldia plant. Also Read - West Bengal: 5 Killed as Boat Capsizes During Durga Idol Immersion in Murshidabad
Following the incident, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she is monitoring the situation. The Chief Minister asked to create a green corridor from Haldia and bring the injured to the state capital.
Meanwhile, the District Magistrate of Haldia has refused to comment on the incident stating that he was not aware. More details are awaited.
The Haldia Petrochemicals factory is a joint venture of the West Bengal government, the TATA group, The Chatterjee group along with the Indian Oil Corporation and more as the major stakeholders.