Former Andhra CM Naidu writes to PM, seeks scientific probe into Vizag gas leak incident

South India

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking probe into the gas leak incident at LG Polymers near Venkatapuram village on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam. 


Chandrababu Naidu requested the PM to appoint a Scientific Experts' Committee to investigate into the gas leak tragedy and extend support for the affected people of five villages.

"The company claims that the gas leaked out was Styrene, however, there were conflicting reports of other toxic gases being present there, it needs to be investigated to understand the enduring health impacts," read his letter.

He has requested that close monitoring of the ambient air quality in and around Visakhapatnam city must also be done.

"Roping in National and International health-experts for health assessment and accordingly taking immediate and long-term health measures. This assessment would be helpful in giving compensation," it reads further.

On Thursday, styrene gas had leaked in the gas plant of LG Polymers in RR Venkatapuram village in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh, which claimed 11 lives.

 At least 15,000 people were evacuated to safe places from the villages close to the chemical plant.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notices to LG Polymers, Union Environment Ministry, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and others regarding the incident.

The NGT has also directed LG Polymers, India, at whose plant the gas leakage occurred, to forthwith deposit an initial amount of Rs 50 crore taking note of damages caused due to the incident.

The state government had sanctioned Rs 30 crore as ex-gratia and financial assistance for the victims of the Vizag gas leak incident. It has also said that Rs 1 crore will be paid to the kin of the deceased victims. 

Earler, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a high-level meeting to take stock of the steps taken in response to the incident. 

The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Ministers of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai and G. Kishan Reddy.

With inputs from ANI

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