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Oil India Limited (OIL) has decided to carry out production from the Baghjan No 5 oil well using modern technology.

Talking to Northeast Now on Monday, OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said they are planning to carry out production from the oil well, where blowout occurred at Baghjan.

“Our experts and engineers are working to carry out production from the Baghjan blowout oil well using modern technology and within four days they will start the work,” Hazarika said.

Hazarika said they have also procured a machine from Canada to control the fire that is coming out from the affected site.

The OIL official said they will have the machine within three weeks.

On Monday, Baghjan blowout incident completed 97 days.

The experts, who came from Singpore, have failed to control the fire at the blowout site.

Meanwhile, the protest of the affected people of Baghjan, seeking compensation, entered the eight day on Monday near the Tinsukia deputy commissioner’s office.

The people are protesting in a makeshift tent built near the Tinsukia DC office.

Satyajit Moran, president of Baghjan Gaon Milanjyoti Yuba Sangha, said: “We will continue our protest till our demands are met.”

“Today, we held a meeting where various issues regarding Baghjan were discussed.

“We are waiting for the BP Katakey report which will come out on September 2. Our next course of action will be decided after the report is submitted,” Moran added.

An eight-member committee, headed by Justice BP Katakey, a former judge of Gauhati High Court, was formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to study the blowout in Baghjan.

“We need compensation according to I and II category of NGT. Rs 25 lakh and Rs 10 lakh would be given according to I and II category of NGT,” Moran said.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com