Report by Shakti Bioscience on fire at its factory in Valsad, Gujarat, 28/08/2020
Reply filed by M/s Shakti Bioscience Ltd. on the massive fire at its chemical factory in Gujarat's Valsad. The factory in its report said that the company had all the permissions and certificates to run the plant. The occurrence of fire at the plant was due to short-circuit and there were no negligence or lapses on the part of company in maintaining standards of procedure in the functioning of the plant.
The occurrence of the fire on 8th August, 2020 was immediately extinguished within a span of 2/3 hours with the help of company staff and fire department. Due to the immediate action, there was no loss of life or any nuisance to the neighbouring plants/environment, according to the report. The company had already deposited a sum of Rs. 25,00,000/- (Rupees twenty five lakhs) towards penalty imposed by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB).
The chemical factory has requested for revoking the closure notice issued against it by the GPCB. The plant was was functioning with 75 employees both workers and staff and resumption of the same was in the best interest of the community and staff. This plant was in manufacturing of pharmaceutical and intermediate and speciality chemicals.