Talawade Explosion Prompts Statewide Industrial Property Survey; Deputy Chief Minister Fadnavis Announces Phased Approach

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Nagpur, 15th December 2023: In the aftermath of the tragic explosion at a spark candle manufacturing factory in Pune, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced a comprehensive survey of industrial properties within municipal corporation limits. The initiative, which began with 75,000 properties in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune Municipal Corporation, is set to extend to other municipal corporations across the state in a phased manner.

The announcement follows a brief discussion under Rule 97 in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, initiated by MLA Uma Khapare. Notable participants in the discussion included Sachin Ahir and Bhai Jagtap. DCM Fadnavis addressed the assembly, providing crucial details about the incident that triggered the survey.

On December 8, 2023, a devastating explosion occurred at M/s Rana Engineering, a spark candle manufacturing factory in Talawade, Pune district. The explosion claimed the lives of 11 workers, including six women, and left 10 others injured. DCM Fadnavis revealed that the factory, housed in a crudely constructed building, was operating without proper permissions and in violation of the law. The factory manufactured decorative doors for sparkle candles used in birthday parties and employed female workers without following legal procedures.

DCM Fadnavis stated that the Pimpri-Chinchwad Police have registered a case against the company, leading to the arrest of the responsible parties. Action is being taken under the Labor Acts, and steps have been initiated against other establishments found in violation of rules. The accident site is undergoing a comprehensive survey, and measures will be implemented to restrict dangerous industries.

In light of the Pune tragedy, DCM Fadnavis outlined additional steps to enhance safety and prevent similar incidents. These include the installation of CCTV cameras in potentially hazardous locations, restrictions on illegal activities in and around companies, and the imposition of stringent regulations on dangerous industries.