Bhadrak: Adani Group-managed Dhamra Port Company Ltd (DPCL) on Wednesday announced compensation of Rs 20 lakh each to the next of kin of three labourers who were killed yesterday when a heap of coal collapsed on them at Dhamra port in Odisha’s Bhadrak district.
The decision was taken in a meeting in presence of Bhadrak collector, Superintendent of Police (SP), officials of Labour Department and two officials of the company.
Besides, the company agreed to provide a job to one member of the families of the deceased labourers and will bear the academic expense of their children.
In the meeting, it was also decided that the company will bear the treatment cost of the injured workers.
Wherever necessary, the injured workers would be allowed to take three months paid leave, sources said.
“After having a detailed discussion with company and Labour department officials, we have decided to give compensation of Rs 20 lakh each to the families of the victims. Besides, the agency will provide a job to one member of deceased families as per their eligibility and qualification,” said Bhadrak collector Gyana Ranjan Das.
Meanwhile, the district administration and Red Cross will provide Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively to the families of the deceased labourers for the latter’s cremation.
Inconsolable since yesterday, the family members of the deceased had demanded Rs 50 lakh compensation and a job to one member of their families.
“We were demanding Rs 50 lakh and a job to one member of our family as we earn our livelihood working as daily labourers,” said wife of one the victim.
Normalcy is gradually returning to the Dhamra Port as no fresh violence was reported today.
“5 platoons of police force have been deployed to handle any further flare up in the port town. The situation is normal now,” said Bhadrak SP Anup Sahoo.
Notably, on Tuesday morning, tension erupted at Dhamra port following death of three labourers in coal heap collapse. Three others were also critically injured in the tragic incident.