19 - 10 - 2018

Pilferage and safety violation at ONGC drill site stopped

Agartala, July 17, (TVN): An organised pilferage at ONGC drill site at ADDR (Well AD#44) near Gabordih was successfully stopped by ONGC Security Personnel and TSR with adequate support from Police personnel from Srinagar Police Station on Saturday.

 The cluster location comprise of two new wells AD # 44 & AD # 45 having gas potential of 1.5 Lakh Cu. M per Day per well and  two old wells AD# 6 and AD#18. The new wells are scheduled to be connected to ADB GCS of ONGC while the site was scheduled to be used by another rig of ONGC to undertake repair of old wells.

 Speaking about the incidence, ED - Asset Manager, ONGC Tripura Mr. S C Soni said that the location not only had high pressure wells but also pipelines connecting the old well at a pressure of 2000 psi, therefore it is extremely unsafe to enter the location as even a minor dent in any of the pipelines or spark due to friction can cause a major accident. He said the pilferage has resulted in a loss of Rs. 2.3 Crore to ONGC apart from delaying the plans to connect the wells by at least a month. He said that our intent is not to punish the villagers but to make them aware that it’s highly unsafe to do any such activity near any gas well or pipeline. He further said that it is not possible to post security personnel at all the 209 wells drilled by ONGC rather the villagers are our best custodians and they should ensure that the national property is not destroyed by any miscreant.

 It must be mentioned here that the well ADDR (Well AD#44) was spudded by Governor of Tripura Mr. Tathagata Roy on March 15, 2016.

 ONGC regularly hands over facilities such as barracks, water reservoir and tube wells that are created at its site to the nearby villages at the time of moving away from those locations. ONGC is one of the biggest companies in Tripura and regularly supports various CSR initiatives in health, education and entrepreneurship development to improve the quality of life of people residing near its operational areas.



Panna Ahmed sent to judicial custody

Agartala, July 16: A local court today sent Panna Ahmed, suspended state government official  to fourteen day judicial remand rejecting his bail petition. Panna, a former TCS officer was arrested on charge of raping a mother of two sons on June 27. After three day police remand, Panna was forwarded before Judicial Magistrate, first  class Ms. J. Debbarmaalong with case dairy. In course of hearing of the case, Defence lawyer sought bail for Panna Ahmed while prosecution lawyers strongly opposed bail petition fearing that he could influence the investigation process. After hearing the case, the court sent the accused person judicial remand for fourteen days. The court also allowed the Investigating Officer (IO) to go in the jail for interrogation if she requires further grilling.

50 percent marks compulsory for GT and PGT

Agartala, July 06 (TVN): The recruitment policy of post graduate and graduate teachers has been amended. The amendment was approved   in council of ministers meeting on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters at secretariat, Education Minister, Tapan Chakraborty said ,  as per   guidelines National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) for recruitment as PG and graduate teachers 50 percent mark is compulsory along with Bed.

Earlier it was compulsory to have B Ed with other than college or university degrees.  But NCTE have amended the guidelines, a candidate should secure minimum  50 percent mark in average in board exams.The state government has amended the policy and adopted the the guidelines of NCTE.

Eid holiday for state govt offices on Thursday

Agartala, July 05 (TVN):All  state  government offices in the national capital will remain closed on July 7  ( Thursday) due to Eid-ul-Fitr festival. In Tripura, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday. Accordingly, it has been decided to shift the holiday to July 7, an order issued by Department of Personnel of Training said today.


SABROOM: Fire at ONGC well brought under control

Sabroom, June 26 (TVN):The fire at ONGC  sealed  well  near Manubazar Area, Sabroom sub division  on Friday  has been successfully controlled by joint efforts of ONGC, District Administration and State Fire Services without any loss to life or property.

An incident of fire at one of the ONGC well-sites near Takka-Tulsi, Manu Bazar Area, South Tripura was sited. Two Multi-Purpose Fire Tenders (with DCP & Foam) were rushed to site along with ONGC Fire personnel, Security contingent and a Multi-Disciplinary Team of experts from Crisis Management, Drilling, HSE, Production, Geo-sciences and Well Services.. Fire was successfully extinguished with the use of Foam by ONGC Fire tenders.

The well at a depth of 2143 mtrs was drilled in February 1988. The well Gojalia #4 is planned to be connected to the upcoming Gojalia GCS of ONGC. The gas wells drilled by ONGC are capped as per Standard Operating Procedures considering all safety aspects. The well remained safe since its completion for around 28 years. The fire could therefore, have started only due to unwanted trespassing by miscreants.

Subsequent to extinguishing of fire, leakage of gas from the Christmas Tree, Valves and grease nipples was noticed and constant vigil was maintained at well throughout night by ONGC Fire team and state police personnel. A team of experts from ONGC are constantly monitoring the situation. Repairing the leakage of the well and planning to subdue the well to ensure safety is being attended to.

“International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” observed at GC, CRPF

Agartala, June 26( TVN):To create awareness amongst the men and families of GC CRPF Agartala “International day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” was observed on Sunday at Group Centre, CRPF, Adarani, Agartala with the theme “Listen First”. Ravideep Singh Sahi, DIG,( in photo) presided the function.

Dr. Babul Roy, Medical Officer of GC Hospital Agartala delivered the awareness speech and briefed the audience about the harmful effects of banned drugs or drugs taken illegally/without medical prescriptions. It must be avoided as drug abuse and illicit trafficking cases show alarming rise in social crimes.