Andhra Pradesh government appoints panel of experts to investigate gas leak incident | Visakhapatnam News
VISAKHAPATNAM: The State Government’s Department of Environment, Forestry, Science and Technology (SEC-I) on Wednesday issued a GO RT No. 78 for the establishment of an expert committee to investigate the causes of the gas leak and suggest measures to improve the protocol for industrial safety.
The committee would submit its report within 30 days.
The government has proposed to establish a third-party expert committee consisting of a senior expert from ICMR and a senior expert from IICT Hyderabadspecialist in Central Laboratory of Forensic Sciences, Hyderabad, and the APPCB Member Secretary to investigate the whole matter. The committee can invite other experts if needed, the GO said.
In this GO, the government mentioned the first incident of gas leakage in the Seed Intimate Apparel India Private Limited at the premises of Brandix India Apparel City Private Limited in the SEZ of Achutapuram in Anakapalli district.
It is recalled that the first gas leak incident was reported on June 3 and many employees suddenly fell ill with symptoms such as vomiting, irritation and shortness of breath due to the accident. At the time of the incident, 1,175 employees worked on the 32,295 square foot production floor and 928 employees on the 32,295 square foot second floor. 223 workers from block MI and 208 workers from block M2 totaling 431 were admitted to nearby hospitals.
The GO mentions that the receiver of the Anakapalli district and the secretary member of the AP pcb set up committees to investigate the incident. The secretary member of the APPCB presented the conclusions and recommendations of the committee. Meanwhile, another incident occurred on Tuesday evening, serious workers were hospitalized.