GSPL safety drive after GAIL fire

Vol 17, PW 25 (31 Jul 14) News in Brief

A tragic explosion at a GAIL pipeline last month (June) has spurred Gujarat State Petronet (GSPL) to embark on a massive safety campaign targeting villages along the route of its 2239-km state-wide gas grid.

GSPL, which manages the grid, kicked off the campaign with a public meeting on July 3 at Mora village near Surat with 'Sarpanches' and 'talatis' or local government officials from 15 villages in attendance. GSPL hopes they will act as its 'safety ambassadors.' "Safety cannot be taken for granted," says a GSPL source.

"GAIL's fire was a wake-up call for us." GSPL's safety drive will last several months.

Each meeting begins with a briefing on GSPL and its network. Villagers are given copies of GSPL's "One Request" pamphlet listing the characteristics of a gas pipeline and the steps to be taken in an emergency.

A 17-minute safety film is then screened, followed by a Q&A session. Fortunately for GSPL its network has not experienced a major accident.

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