Visakhapatnam: Even while the city has not fully recovered from the LG Polymers gas leak incident, another gas leak on Monday night has claimed two lives and left four others injured, one of them seriously.
The dead are identified as shift in charges Narendra and Gowrisankar at Sainor Chemicals in Pharma City at Parawada, said to have died on the way to the hospital. Release of poisonous gas Hydrogen Sulphide due to high pressure from a reactor in the unit was said to be the primary cause of the accident.
The victims of the gas leak which occurred around 11.30 p.m.–LV Chandrasekhar, P. Anand Babu, D. Janakiram and M. Suryanarayana are undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Gajuwaka industrial belt. District Collector Vinay Chand and City Commissioner of Police RK Meena rushed to the spot and are supervising the relief work. A four-man committee is constituted by the Collector to inquire into the incident. Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy enquired the officials about the incident and he was told that the accident was limited to one wing in the unit and there was no need to panic.
Expressing concern over the incident, former Energy Secretary and social activist EAS Sarma recalled that there was a similar accident at the same unit which took place on September 28, 2015 in which two persons died and four similarly injured.
In a letter addressed to Special Chief Secretary (Environment and Forests) Neerabh Kumar Prasad in the state government, he noted that there had been 25 serious industrial accidents in Pharma City since 2013 in which 23 persons had lost their lives and 73 seriously injured.
“Most of these units are also highly polluting and have been found to be infringing the environment protection laws and regulations,” Dr. Sarma observed while calling for an investigation into whether the authorities looked into the reasons for the past 24 incidents in Pharma City and had taken deterrent action against the promoters as well as the action taken by the State government against Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control NBoard and Inspectorate of Factories. If no action was taken, he said Andhra Pradesh would soon become a State of fatal industrial accidents’.isakhapatnam, two dead
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