Govt orders safety audit of enormous warehouses, ports after Beirut explosion

Mukesh Ranjan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 7

The authorities has ordered an in depth safety audit to confirm and ensure whether or not any hazardous and explosive materials is mendacity in giant warehouse services and ports throughout the nation and in the event that they meet all the protection norms.

Sources within the authorities stated the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has requested all of the businesses together with Central Board of Indirect taxes & Customs (CBIC) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to do the needful in view of an enormous explosion within the Lebanese capital Beirut final Tuesday.

Following the MHA route, the CBIC in a be aware requested all its area formations together with the customs officers “to immediately verify and confirm within 48 hours that all hazardous and explosive material lying in warehouses and ports across the country meets safety and fire standards and presents no danger to life and property”.

A senior official stated, “This precautionary step has been taken in view of the recent incident of an explosion in a foreign country caused by such material.”

Sources within the MHA stated even intelligence and different safety businesses have been directed to keep watch over organisations, which may intentionally/deliberately get their giant consignments of explosive supplies seized by the customs officers.

The sources stated preliminary stories advised that just about 700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate are mendacity in a Chennai warehouse following the seizure by the customs division in 2015. The importer, a personal agency, didn’t have the required permission to import the substance. The seized chemical substances are valued at round Rs 1.80 crore, they added.

Ammonium nitrate, broadly utilized in fertilizers and explosives, is reported to have been the reason for huge explosions within the Lebanese capital. The explosion was attributable to 2,750 tonnes of the chemical saved at a port within the Beirut metropolis.

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