Naik wants report on ONGC crash within three months

Vol 7, PW 12 (27 Aug 03) News in Brief

Oil minister Ram Naik has set a three-month deadline for a report on the 11th August Mumbai High crash of an ONGC-hired MI-172 helicopter.

Former oil secretary TS Vijayaraghavan heads the three-member team whose terms of reference are: "Safety and security of lives in Offshore Operations, especially air logistics; maintenance/repairs/replacement of offshore installations, related infrastructure, pipelines; hiring of helicopters, especially MI-172 helicopters, including the circumstances under which the ill fated helicopter was hired; adequacy of efforts made by ONGC in ensuring safety and security of personnel engaged in offshore operation; action taken on complaints/grievances regarding safety matters, including condition of helicopters; any act of omission concerning the above items and the role of management, if any, therein; and, other short and long term measures required in respects of above matters." Other members of the panel are former Oil India chairman retired Major General SCN Jatar and management expert Pritam Singh.