and guidelines for design, operation and maintenance. However, the body lacks statutory authority.
Then oil minister S Jaipal Reddy had in August 2012 suggested giving statutory powers to OISD but the proposal has not materialised so far.
"When I came to this ministry, I was shocked to learn that there is no statutory authority for safety and security. This is a concern," Pradhan said here.
The new government, he said, would work towards giving statutory powers to OISD, which currently is only a recommendatory body. The fire at state gas utility GAIL India's pipeline this morning follows a minor fire at HPCL Mittal Energy Ltd's Bhatinda refinery earlier this month. No one was injured in the fire at Bhatinda refinery. PTI