Factory, source of Boisar fire, was not audited for 3 years
Report by investigating authority states that no supervisor was appointed at the facility
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.