Mangalore, April 12: Fretted with the reported mishandling of the situation aftermath of Perne gas tanker incident, which resulted in the death of eight people and the subsequent lethargic response from the oil company officials, Harsh Gupta-DC warned the HPCL company officials that the district administration would not back out to hold the company responsible for the mishap.
After holding a meeting with Oil Marketing Company officials along with Abhishek Goyal-Superident of Police, Gupta said the OMCs have failed to respond to the situation as well as accept responsibility. The police will take stringent action against them, he said.
DC directed the RTO officials to have thorough checks and ensure that tankers must have two drivers and a cleaner at all times. In case if they fail to produce related documents, they should be seized and dealt accordingly, he said.
The DC also expressed his displeasure about the GPS not being installed on tankers, on adherence of site emergency plan and standard operation procedures by OMCs.
DC directed HPCL officials to revert back to him with suitable answers for the queries he posed with them within 48 hours.
He also took clues from NHAI officials about the improvement of the curves and said measures will be taken to set up a fire station at Uppinangadi.