Fac­tory, source of Boisar fire, was not au­dited for 3 years

Re­port by in­ves­ti­gat­ing au­thor­ity states that no su­per­vi­sor was ap­pointed at the fa­cil­ity

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states that the fire erupted dur­ing the chem­i­cal process in the re­ac­tor.

The re­port fur­ther stated that an un­trained worker in­creased the sup­ply of re­ac­tor’s steam af­ter which the raw ma- teri­als crossed the boil­ing point. The worker then con­tacted the su­per­vi­sor for ad­vice, upon which, the su­per­vi­sor asked the work­ers to va­cate the plant and run for life. The glass col­umn of the reac- tor broke and the in­flammable steam caught fire spread­ing to Arti In­dus­tries, which led to the col­lapse of the shade.

No­vaphene Spe­cial­i­ties was last in­spected in 2015. Ra­jesh Ku­mar, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary (la- bour) In­dus­try, En­ergy and Labour Depart­ment, Mantralaya, said, “The fac­tory which was gut­ted in the fire was not in­spected nor au­dited. The ad­vi­sory to in­spect the in­dus­tries is is­sued on­line and of­fi­cials can only in­spect such in­dus­tries. A de­tailed re­port has been sub­mit­ted to the state.”

Rathod said, “We have found sev­eral la­cu­nae in the in­spec­tion which states that no qual­i­fied op­er­a­tor was ap­pointed, au­to­matic steam valve was not present in the re­ac­tor, su­per­vi­sor hav­ing knowl­edge of en­gi­neer­ing was not ap­pointed and per­mis­sion was not taken from DISH to man­u­fac­ture in­ter­me­di­ate drug in­side the fac­tory.” “A no­tice has been sent to the man­age­ment of the com­pany to have their say and ac­tion will be taken un­der the Fac­to­ries Act,” said Rathod. The spe­cial Preven­tion of Money Laun­der­ing Act (PMLA) court on Mon­day had di­rected the su­per­in­ten­dent of Arthur Road Prison to take NCP leader Ch­ha­gan Bhu­jbal to an­other hospi­tal for treat­ment. Bhu­jbal, who is ar­rested for his al­leged role in the Ma­ha­rash­tra Sadan scam case, is suf­fer­ing from a pan­cre­atic ail­ment. The court has asked jail au­thor­i­ties to shift him to the su­per spe­cial­ity depart­ment of Seth GS Med­i­cal Col­lege.

Ad­vo­cate Sha­l­abh Sax­ena, rep­re­sent­ing Bhu­jbal, had ap­proached the court in­form­ing there was no im­prove­ment in Bhu­jbal’s med­i­cal con­di­tion. The court had sought for a re­port from JJ Hospi­tal, where Bhu­jbal was ad­mit­ted. The dean of Sir JJ Hospi­tal had con­sti­tuted a panel of ex­perts to draft the re­port.

The re­port states, “On the ba­sis of clin­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion and blood in­ves­ti­ga­tions, acute pan­cre­ati­tis was ruled out(sic). How­ever, the pa­tient needs fur­ther eval­u­a­tion and man­age­ment by Hepatopan­cre­ato­bi­lary (HPB)and Gas­troen­terol­ogy (GI) depart­ment and that the two de­part­ments are su­per spe­cialty depart­ment which is not avail­able at the JJ Hospi­tal(sic).”

“In view of weight loss and nor­mal bio­chem­i­cal pa­ram­e­ters, fur­ther eval­u­a­tion and man­age­ment is re­quired at the su­per spe­cialty cen­ter. The reports state that the fa­cil­ity is avail­able at Seth GS Med­i­cal Col­lege and KEM Hospi­tal,” the re­port said.

—AADESH CHOUDHARI/DNA

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