Udupi: Kumta Tanker Tragedy – Minister R V Deshpande Visits KMC Hospital

Udupi: The government has initiated every necessary step to support the people affected by the bullet tanker tragedy in Bargi Kumta, said R V Deshpande, Minister for Higher Education and Large and Small Scale Industries.

In the BPCL gas tanker accident, 17 people had suffered burn injuries and were admitted to Kumta Hospital. 14 patients were later shifted to KMC Hospital, Manipal for further treatment. 6 patients have breathed their last and 7 patients are in critical condition having severe 60% burn injuries. 2 patients are in the general ward.

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The Government of Karnataka has initiated steps to support the patients. A relief of Rs 2 lakh will be announced from the CM’s Relief Fund to the families of the deceased and also Rs 1 lakh for the injured.

A letter has been sent to the Petroleum Ministry. The BPCL has been requested to give relief to the patients and the families of the deceased. The company should give Rs 10 lakh to the patients as relief and an additional relief to the families of the deceased. “The company will be giving interim relief to the patients and families of the deceased,” he added.

While asked on the discontent within the party on JD(S) and Congress ties in BBMP, he declined the allegation and said that the matter of ties in BBMP will be decided by the party leadership.

MLA Udupi Pramod Madhwaraj, Assistant Commissioner of Kumta and others were present.

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