Maharashtra government has said that it will incur the expenses of all those who are injured in the fire incident that took place in a chemical factory in Palghar district's Boisar area on Saturday evening.
The death toll in the chemical factory blast has hiked to seven.
"Chief Minister has announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 Lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased. The state government will bear the expenses of all the injured," Kailash Shinde, Palghar District Magistrate said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Twitter had also announced the financial assistance of Rs 5 Lakh to the families of the deceased due to fire at the chemical factory in Boisar.
#तारापूर औद्योगिक वसाहतीतील रासायनिक कंपनीत झालेल्या स्फोटातील मृतांच्या नातेवाईकांना मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव ठाकरे यांनी प्रत्येकी ५ लाख रु.ची मदत केली जाहीर. जखमींना सर्व वैद्यकीय साहाय्य पुरविण्याचे निर्देश.मुख्यमंत्री स्वतः बचाव कार्यावर लक्ष ठेऊन असून बचावकार्यासाठी #NDRF ची मदत— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) January 11, 2020
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari also expressed deepest condolences to the bereaved families.
A huge explosion took place at a chemical factory at Boisar in Maharashtra's Palghar district in the evening, a police official said. The chemical factory where the explosion took place is located at Kolwade village. The explosion, which took place around 7.20 pm, was so huge that it was heard within a 15-km radius, said police spokesperson Hemant Katkar.
The exact name of the factory and details about casualties, if any, are yet to be ascertained, said the police spokesperson. Boisar, over 100 km from Mumbai, houses a Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area.
This explosion comes days after the huge blast that occurred, at West Bengal's North 24 Parganas’s Naihati district. As per reports, the police were destroying illegal fireworks at the district. The intensity was so massive that Chinsurah on the other side, in Hooghly district also felt tremors. A police vehicle caught fire and window panes in many of the houses shattered. A video accessed by Republic TV shows the blast occurring as the mushroom cloud rises, sending tremors as far as to the nearby town of Chinsurah.