Mumbai: At least three workers were killed and 159 others injured in an explosion at a chemical factory in Dombivli on Thursday. The factory is situated some 50 kms from Mumbai, Maharashtra. The injured were rushed to the nearby hospital.
 
The blast occurred in a boiler of the chemical factory, following which a fire broke out. 
 
Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire. The blast sent shock waves up to 3-4 kilometres, damaging six other buildings. The mobile services were also disrupted.
 
Following the blast, Maharashtra govt announced that steps would be taken to ensure that such incidents don’t happen in future. The state govt has decided that these indutries will be shifted to places far from the city limits.
 
Watch Dombivli Factory Blast Video

 
However, the state govt’s planning and development body says it is vey difficult to move the industries.

 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked the authorities to speed up the relief operations.
 
 
“Spoke to police officials & local authorities and asked them to speed up the relief operations,” Fadnavis tweeted. 
 
Municipal Commissioner E Ravindran and Thane District Collector Dr Mahendra Kalyankar are monitoring the rescue operation. The factory is situated some 50 kms from Mumbai CST. 
 
The environmentalists blamed the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) for not ensuring proper safety guidelines for setting up these industries.