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Area Around Raj Bhavan Declared Safe A Day After Petrol Station Blast

Bhubaneswar:8/10/20: The area around  Raj Bhavan in Odisha capital, which was jolted due to a massive explosion and fire mishap at nearby petrol station yesterday, has been declared safe, informed Fire Services DG Satyajit Mohanty today.

In a late-night operation, a team from Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) removed LPG from the tanker that was present at the site of mishap. A special vehicle from Balasore had arrived at the spot for the purpose.

The area is now safe from any potential hazard, the official said.

A major fire broke out at the petrol station yesterday as an underground fuel storage tank caught fire which led to the mishap along with an explosion. The blast injured multiple persons besides damaging many vehicles at the petrol station.

Window panes of many houses of nearby residential areas broke under the impact of the explosion leaving the residents panic-stricken. Many of them rushed out of their houses in fear.

As many as three stretches of road–  AG Square to Raj Bhavan Square, Raj Bhavan Square to Gopabandhu Square, and Power House Square to Raj Bhawan Square– were sealed after the fire mishap.

Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has ordered the Department Secretary to probe into the incident and submit a report.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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