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Arun Kumar Rath replaces M Ravi, takes charge as Bhilai Steel Plant CEO

Press Trust of India/New Delhi 11 Oct 18 | 10:00 PM

Arun Kumar Rath, new CEO of Bhilai Steel plant (Photo: Twitter)

Arun Kumar Rath, CEO of SAIL's Durgapur Steel Plant, Thursday took charge as the new CEO of Bhilai Steel plant, two days after a major fire accident at the SAIL unit which has so far claimed 13 lives.

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Rath has replaced M Ravi who was removed Wednesday following the accident.

An explosion took place at the state-owned steel maker Steel Authority of India Limited's (SAIL) Bhilai plant in Durg district of Chhattisgarh Tuesday.

ALSO READ: Death toll in Bhilai Steel Plant explosion rises to 13

"Operations have resumed and A K Rath has taken over as the new CEO of our plant in Bhilai," M C Agarwal, Executive Director (Corporate Affairs), Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) told PTI.

Expressing anguish at the loss of lives in the blast, Union Steel Minister who reached the site Wednesday removed the plant CEO M Ravi with immediate effect and suspended General Manager (safety department) T Pandya Raja and Deputy General Manager (energy department) Naveen Kumar.

The Centre has announced a compensation of Rs 3.3 million each to the families of workers who lost their lives in the blast.

The families of the deceased will also get a statutory compensation between Rs 3.3 million and Rs 9 million.

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