Kochi | The Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Kollam by 3;45 pm along with a team of doctors specialising in treating burn injuries for on-the-spot assessment of temple fire tragedy. Along with Modi, Kerala Chief Minister is also said to be present in the same care. He first went to Thiruvananthapuram from where he came here by a navy helicopter. At Thiruvananthapuram airport, he was received by Governor Justice (Rtd) P Sathasivam and state BJP leaders, including O Rajagopal who gave him the latest update on the mishap.
Modi later flew into Kollam where he was received by Chief Minister Oomen Chandy and several MPs. Immediately after reaching here, he went to medical college to see the injured people. Earlier, Chandy said he was thankful to the Prime Minister for coming to Kerala to share the grief. He said he was also grateful to Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for visiting Kerala in this hour of grief.
Earlier Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy has given a short account of his visits in Kollam according to which Prime Minister was to leave from Thiruvanathapuram to zilla hospital and thereafter to meet the injured. But now there is a sudden change in the schedule of Prime Minister.
Earlier there was no visit of Puttingal Temple on Modi’s schedule. According to the new schedule Modi will be first visiting the Puttingal Temple spot where the incident took place and from there he will be leaving to zilla hospital and there after to Medical college Thiruvananthapuram to meet the injured people, police officials said.
Around 4 pm Prime Minister Modi will call up a meeting to discuss about the Kollam Puttingal tragedy. All protocol including the Governor and the Chief Minister receiving the Prime Minster at the helipad has been waived.
Earlier this morning Modi has directed IAF and Navy to divert all helicopters in the command for ferrying injured to major hospitals in nearby cities.
Prime Minister has also termed the incident as heart-rending and shocking. Fire at temple in Kollam is heart-rending & shocking beyond words. My thoughts are with families of the deceased & prayers with the injured, he said in a tweet.
Modi said he had also asked Health Minister J P Nadda to immediately reach the site of the fire tragedy in Kollam. 100 people were killed and over 300 injured in a major fire that broke out in the Puttingal Devi Temple complex early this morning during a display of fireworks for which there was no permission from authorities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced Rs two lakh as compensation for the next of the kin of the dead in Kollam temple fire in which over 100 people have been killed and many injured.
The Prime Minister announced Rs 50,000 each for the injured in the tragedy that occurred early this morning in Puttingal Devi Temple near Kollam town.