Financial Express reported that India’s Comptroller and Auditor General of India has pulled up Steel Authority of India Limited for laxity in ensuring safety measures which led to the blast at the company’s Bhilai Steel Plant in 2018, in which 14 people had lost their lives. CAG has audited all records relating to safety policy and environment management of SAIL for the period 2014-19. The report was done to assess the compliance to stipulated Acts, Rules & Regulations and Standard Operating Practices and other social responsibilities related to environmental and pollution control, safety standards and application of the best industrial practices were followed. CAG report said “It was noted that the SAIL Safety Organisation did not develop any plan or frame timeline to implement its recommendations. Rupture in pipelines in pump houses at BSP led to fall in water pressure and Blast Furnace Gas spread into Pump House causing the death of six persons. Laxity in taking safety measures and unsafe practice of doing De-Blanking jobs of CO Gas Line on charged pipelines caused an accident at BSP where 14 people died.”
On October 9, 2018, an explosion occurred at around 10:30 AM in a gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant in Bhilai town.