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IOCL ascertains pipeline safety through drill

By Correspondent

KOKRAJHAR, March 13 - The Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Guwahati-Siliguri Pipeline Division, on Friday ascertained its state of preparedness in order to respond to emergency situations by conducting an off-site mock drill at Habrubari village under Kokrajhar Police Station.

The Guwahati-Siliguri pipeline of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited is engaged in underground transportation of petroleum products from Guwahati to Siliguri (West Bengal) through a 435-km long pipeline which traverses through various districts of Assam and West Bengal. The length of the pipeline through Kokrajhar district is 54 km starting from Salakati and ending at Simultapur.

Petroleum products like diesel, kerosene and petrol are transported through this pipeline and distributed within North East and neighbouring Bhutan and Nepal.

The mock drill was carried out with the involvement of the District Disaster Management Authority of Kokrajhar, primary health centres, fire and rescue service department and the local administration of Kokrajhar.

As a part of the mock drill, the villagers were oriented on how to respond to exigencies by way of providing first aid and evacuating the affected people. Leaflets were distributed among the villages along the pipeline and the villagers were sensitised about their responsibility of passing on information about leakage of oil, etc.

The mock drill, wherein artificially induced fire was extinguished over a half-hour duration was carried out with the involvement of AM Das, Operation Manager, Guwahati-Siliguri Pipeline Division, Dhaligaon, IOCL and local Government functionaries.

Speaking on the occasion, AM Das, stressed on the importance of effective coordination between Fire and Rescue Service, the local administration and the IOCL in handling emergency situations such as pipeline leak or fire, while the focus was to check the incidence of fire accidents.

In this connection, an awareness meeting was also held at Habrubari. The Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar Madhav Prasad Sarma, Assistant Commissioner Rituraj Gogoi and others attended the programme.

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