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AP-YSR Kadapa: High level inquiry into Mamillapalle blast incident: Minister Peddireddy

The AP government has ordered a high-level inquiry into the Mamillapalle blast in YSR Kadapa district. Set up an inquiry committee with 5 government departments.

Minister of State for Mines, Geology, Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Peddireddy Ramachandrareddy said the inquiry committee, headed by the Kadapa Joint Collector (Revenue) and comprising officials from the Mining, Revenue, Police, Mines, Safety and Excise departments, would submit its report to the government within five days.

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He lamented the loss of ten lives in the incident. The families of the deceased were assured that the government would extend condolences. The minister said Rs 10 lakh would be given as immediate compensation to those killed in the blast and Rs 5 lakh to those injured.

He said mining officials led by the DMG had inspected the scene and would take legal action against the lessee. He said the accident was found to be due to the negligence of the quarry operators.

Unloading of explosives was not complied with. Minister Peddireddy said action would be taken under the Small Scale Minerals Regulation Act

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