Serum Institute Mishap: CM Uddhav Likely To Visit Facility Today; Pharma Giant To Make Compensation
As per shocking reports, five people passed away as a major fire hit the building of the Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd near Pune on Thursday. The said building was under construction.
The dreadful fire has resulted in the loss of equipment worth hundreds of crores of rupees at the country's foremost vaccine manufacturer. However, the main reason behind the fire was not clear thus far.
A person near the development stated that the major fire broke out at the site in Manjri nearby Pune where apparatus to fabricate non-pandemic vaccines was being set-up.
As per the latest reports, today, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will pay a visit to the site. Five people, who passed away due to fire, were all laborers and the bodies of these 5 construction workers have already been recovered by fire brigade employees from the fifth floor of the under-construction building. Two of them are residents of Uttar Pradesh, two others are from the city of Pune and one is from Bihar.
The report added that nine more people were also evacuated from the same place.
In the meantime, Cyrus S Poonawalla, chairman and MD of Serum Institute of India, stated that the vaccine giant will also make compensation of around Rs 25 lakh along with the authorized sum to families of individuals who passed away during the shocking incident.
'Today is an extremely sorrowful day for all of us at Serum Institute of India. Regrettably, there were losses of lives in the fire that broke out in our under installation facility situated at the Special Economic Zone at Manjari,' Poonawalla said.
'We are deeply saddened and offer our condolences to the families of the departed. In this regard, we will be offering a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to each of the families, in addition to the mandated amount as per the norms,' he added. 'We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone for their concerns and prayers in these distressing times,' Poonawalla said.