News By/Courtesy: Ayush Garg | 19 May 2020 20:14pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • National Green Tribunal had taken suo moto cognizance of the chemical gas leak incident which had taken place at Vizag in Andhra Pradesh.
  • SC constituted a fact-finding committee.
  • A bench headed by Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, refused to pass any immediate interference to the National Green Tribunal order

The Supreme Court refused to impose an immediate stay on the order of the National Green Tribunal, directing LG Polymer to deposit Rs 50 crore for the damage caused by the gas leak in Visakhapatnam. On May 7, 11 people lost their lives in a gas leak accident in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. More than a thousand people from nearby villages were affected in the accident. About two dozen people were in critical condition.
On 8th May, the National Green Tribunal had taken Suo Moto cognizance of the chemical gas leak incident which had taken place at Vizag in Andhra Pradesh. A Bench of the NGT headed by Chairperson Justice AK Goel directed LG polymers India Pvt. Ltd. to deposit a sum of 50 crores with the District Magistrate, Vishakhapatnam.
The NGT had also directed for the constitution of a 5-member committee, headed by Justice B. Seshasayana Reddy, former Judge of Andhra Pradesh, and instructed the Committee "to visit and inspect the site at the earliest and give its report before the next date".
A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, refused to pass any immediate interference to the National Green Tribunal order while hearing a petition filed by the LG Polymers challenging the order of the NGT. We can't interfere at this stage as the matter is seized by the NGT, the court said.
LG Polymers had raised questions before the apex court over setting up of several committees by the High Court, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Central government into the gas leakage incident of May 7.
The gas leak at the LG Polymers factory, operated by the South Korean company LG polymer, was reported to have occurred around two and a half hours when people were fast asleep. The gas quickly spread to the surrounding areas. Many people had come under the influence of gas until the eyes were opened due to shouting. Many people fainted in their sleep. Some villages within a radius of about five kilometers of the factory have been affected. The factory is located in R. R. Venkatapuram village. The factory was shut down during lockdown.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 20 May 2020 11:46am IST


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