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    CBIC asks Customs to check within 48 hours explosives stored in warehouses, ports

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    Customs authorities and field formations have been directed to verify and confirm within 48 hours that any hazardous and explosive material lying in warehouses and ports across the country meets all safety standards.

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    Customs authorities and field formations have been directed to verify and confirm within 48 hours that any hazardous and explosive material lying in warehouses and ports across the country meets all safety standards. The urgent direction has been issued by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) as a precautionary measure to ensure that storage of such materials does not pose any danger to life and property and strictly meets fire standards.

    “CBIC has urgently directed customs and field formations to immediately verify and confirm within 48 hours that any hazardous and explosive material lying in warehouses and ports across the country meets all safety and fire standards and presents no danger to life and property,” the board said in a post on Twitter on Thursday. The direction has been issued in the wake of the disaster that hit Beirut, where a blast at the port ripped through the city, killing more than 137 people and injuring thousands. Several tonnes of ammonium nitrate chemical, stored at the city’s port, is believed to have caused the explosion.

    “This precautionary step has been taken in view of the recent incident of explosion in a foreign country caused by such material,” the CBIC said, alluding to the Beirut incident. According to officials in the know, about 740 tonnes of ammonium nitrate seized in 2015 has been found stored at a customs warehouse near Chennai, triggering alarm bells. The Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation has been called in for conducting safety checks.

    Joint Commissioner of Customs at Chennai said in a statement Thursday that cargo had been seized and stored at container freight station at Manali, 20 kms away from the main city. While the cargo was being kept maintaining all safety standards, e-auction for disposing off the chemical has already been done. “Disposal of the cargo will be done within short period, following safety standards,” the authority said.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    Krishnan K N76 days ago
    Like perishable products have a shelf life, explosives should have a of dispatch protocolfrom the warehouse and that to on a urgent priority.else this type of storage can be a tool for terrorism in future.
    Sundaram Ramanathan76 days ago
    Sensible thought
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