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Serum Institute Fire: Loss set at Rs 1000 crore; Uddhav Thackeray takes stock | India News


PUNE: Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray visited the Serum Institute of India (SII) on Friday, where a fire at his semi-ready Manjari complex claimed five lives and inflicted an estimated loss of Rs 1,000 crore on the global giant of vaccines.
Thackeray visited the SII facility that was destroyed on Thursday and also met with company president Cyrus Poonawalla and his son Adar.
“We have ordered a full investigation … No conclusions can be drawn until full investigations are completed and the report is available. Then we will know if it was an accident or sabotage,” he said.
The prime minister said the Poonawalla have repeatedly assured that there will be no impact on the production and launch of the Covishield vaccine, which will continue unimpeded.
Adar Poonawala said: “The fire has damaged the machinery that was being installed for the production of RotaVirus and BCG vaccines here … There are no actual vaccines being manufactured here. The extent of the damage is around 1 billion rupees.”
The massive fire devastated three to four floors of the next facility in Manjari that was scheduled to be operational within a month or so.
The SII said there is no damage to any of the Covishield vaccine production facilities currently being manufactured at its other plant in Hinjewadi in the city.
The SII has already taken responsibility for five workers, including 3 migrants, who died in the fire by giving Rs 25 lakh, plus other benefits according to the rules, to each of their relatives. Thackeray said that if something more needed to be done, the government would consider it.
He was accompanied by Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, Legislative Council Vice President Neelam Gorhe, Pune MP Girish Bapat and other senior government and police officials.
The five victims included three migrants: Ramashankar Harijan and Bipin Saroj from Uttar Pradesh, Sushilkumar Pandey from Bihar, and two Pune residents: Mahendra Ingle and Pratik Pashte.
The Hadapsar police recorded an accidental death due to the burning case for the five victims and the Pune Municipal Corporation, the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation launched simultaneous investigations into the fire.

Times of India