Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh shared that the Chief Executive Officer of the Bhilai Steel Plant was terminated and two other senior officials were suspended today.

On Tuesday, a gas pipeline blast occurred at the plant of the state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) sucked eleven lives and injured 14 others in Chhattisgarh’s Durg district. The explosion happened in the gas pipeline connected to the coke oven section of the plant while executing a maintenance job.

The Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh visited Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Bhilai town to see the injured employees of the plant.

Public relations officer of the Bhilai Steel Plant shared that 14 injured people were admitted in the people whereas two injured died late on Tuesday night, stretching the death number from nine to eleven.


Birender Singh mentioned that CEO M Ravi was terminated immediately while General Manager (safety department) T Pandya Raja and Deputy General Manager (energy department) Naveen Kumar have been suspended.

Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnudeo Sai informed about the formation of a four-member high-level committee by SAIL to investigate the incident, on Tuesday.

The Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) is located in Bhilai district of Chattisgarh. It is well known as India’s first and main producer of steel. It is even a major producer of wide steel plates and other steel products. The plant was set in 1955 with the help of USSR and produces steel and markets various chemical by-products from its coke ovens and coal chemical plant. It had been an eleven-time winner of the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best integrated steel plant in the country.