Visakhapatnam (Vizag) Gas Leak News Updates: The National Green Tribunal on Friday took suo moto cognizance of the gas leak incident in Vizag and directed the firm, LG polymers, to deposit an initial amount of Rs 50 crores with the Vizag District Magistrate. “Having regard to the prima facie material regarding the extent of damage to life, public health and environment, we direct LG Polymers India Pvt., Limited to forthwith deposit an initial amount of Rs. 50 Crore, with the District Magistrate, Vishakhapatnam, which will abide by further orders of this Tribunal,” the NGT was quoted as saying by Bar and Bench. The amount was being fixed considering the financial worth of the company and the extent of the damage caused due to leak.
Earlier in the day, the Home Minister clarified that a ‘minuscule technical leak’ had occurred at the chemical factory in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam where styrene gas leak claimed 11 lives on Thursday. The clarification came amidst reports that there was a second gas leak at the LG Chem plant. The MHA said teams of the NDRF and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute are on the ground to support the local administration.
Meanwhile, at least 25 people are still in a critical condition.
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