Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) has, so far, handed over an immediate relief amount to 56 survivors of Barge Papaa-305 and Tugboat Varaprada inMumbai. ONGC teams are on their way to hand over 22 more. The relief amounts are being personally handed over to survivors at their hometowns in Maharashtra at Nashik, Alibag,Bhusawal, Jalgaon, Ratnagiri.
Apart from Maharashtra, relief will also be handed over in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar, Punjab, Odisha, Haryana, West Bengal, Goa,Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. ONGC has also issued press release inlocal language to enable the families to get in touch with ONGC for help.
A nodal officer has been assigned from ONGC to each family of deceased, who is responsible for facilitating their logistics, boarding, lodging, counselling, completing formalities and transportation of mortal remains to respective home station and any local support.
ONGC is also in the process of identifying the next of kin of the deceased crew to enable handing over the relief amount. ONGC executives would personally handover the relief amount to the families. In the states where ONGC does not have its offices, executives from its group companies, HPCL and MRPL, would hand over the relief amount.
ONGC is working in close association with AFCONs team to help the families of deceased.
Till now, 54 deceased have been identified. ONGC has provided tickets to the families of all the families who have requested for providing tickets and other logistical support. Apart from that ONGC has made all necessary arrangements made to transport the mortal remains of 25 deceased persons with proper care from Mumbai to their homes families.
Arrangements for transporting the mortal remains of rest of the BNV’s were made by Afcons. Local authorities are facilitating DNA tests to identify the deceased at the earliest.