Baghjan fire
Baghjan fire.

Repeated tremors felt in Rupbon and Daimukhia areas near Doomdooma in upper Assam’s Tinsukia district have triggered panic among the residents.

People apprehended that the jolt was caused due to the blowout and blaze in BGR – 5 of Baghjan oilfield which is around 20 kilometres away from these places.

“We have been feeling the jolt for last a few days. It shakes our houses and clear sound of vibration could be heard on the roof and the window panes of my house,” Mrigen Saikia, a retired teacher and a resident of Rupai Siding Milantirtha here, said.

“The vibration becomes more in the morning hours especially during the rainy days. When the sound of the blowout and blaze become more, the intensity of the jolt also become more,” he added.

Subrata Chakraborty, a local teacher, who live at Rupbon, two kilometres away from Doomdooma town, said they had passed sleepless nights for the last couple of days due to the jolts and the loud sound came from Baghjan.

Earlier, the residents of Natun Gaon, Natun Rongagora Gaon and few others situated at the vicinity of BGR -5 of Baghjan oilfield were shifted to relief camps as they also felt the same jolts in their villages.

On the other hand, even after 42 days, the blowout and the blaze of the BGR – 5 are yet to be controlled.

On May 27, the gas well operated by Oil India Limited had a blowout and it started to leak gas and condensate uncontrollably.

Two weeks later, on June 9, the blowout became a blaze.


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