The company in Dahej where a boiler blast resulted in the death of eight workers on June 3 has been slapped a penalty of Rs25 crore by the National Green Tribunal on Monday. Fifty people were injured and over 4,500 others had to be moved to safety following the incident.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed Yashashvi Rasayan Pvt.Ltd to deposit the money excluding any statutory compensation/ex gratia payments already made to the victims with the Bharuch district magistrate within 10 days.
The bench has said that the amount be used to make a disbursement plan so as to ensure that the amount reaches the beneficiaries. It has announced an interim compensation of Rs15 lakh for each of the deceased, Rs5 lakh for those who have been seriously injured and Rs2.5 lakh for other injuries. It has also announced a compensation of Rs 25,000 per person for those who have been displaced. It said interim compensation can be awarded on the conservative subject to final compensation being determined later.
The NGT also constituted a six-member committee headed by former High Court judge Justice BC Patel and sought a report in a month. The committee has also been asked to make a final quantification of compensation and prepare a restoration plan in association with the district magistrate.
The tribunal’s order came on a plea filed by NGO Aryavart Foundation which alleged that the company failed to follow requisite precautions and safety protocols.