Maharashtra CM Orders Probe into Dombivli MIDC Chemical Unit Blast

Dombivli, 24th May 2024: Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has initiated an inquiry into the chemical unit explosion in Dombivli MIDC Phase-2, which tragically claimed eight lives and left 62 injured on Thursday. Shinde, who promptly visited the site, vowed stern action against those responsible.

At the time of reporting, Manpada police were in the process of registering a case against Malay Mehta, the owner of Amudan Chemicals Pvt Ltd.

The inferno engulfed three adjacent factories — Sapthavarna Chemical Company, Mehta Paint, and KGN Chemical — as well as a car showroom, resulting in the destruction of around 12 vehicles. Firefighting teams from Kalyan-Dombivli, Thane, and Ulhasnagar municipal corporations, along with the State Disaster Relief Force and National Disaster Relief Force, rushed to the scene. Namdev Chaudhari, chief fire officer of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation, disclosed, “We deployed 10 fire brigade vehicles, 10 water tankers, and utilized 25 drums of foam to contain the blaze.”

Kaptan Mali, a resident living 4km from the site, recounted, “I was having lunch when I heard the blast. I rushed out and saw thick plumes of smoke billowing in the distance.” Mukesh Gala, who operates an electronics shop 1km away, shared, “The blast shattered all the glass doors and windows on our premises. Fortunately, there were not many injuries.”

Joining the response efforts were Industries Minister Uday Samant, PWD Minister Ravindra Chavan, Kalyan Rural MLA Raju Patil, and incumbent MP Shrikant Shinde. The injured were admitted to six private hospitals, with 25 at AIMS Hospital and nine at Neptune Hospital. According to sources, two victims at AIMS Hospital are in critical condition.