Report attributes Vizag gasoline leak to a number of lapses


Naveen S Garewal

Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, July 6

The high-level committee constituted to probe into the LG Polymers gasoline leak at Vizag in Andhra Pradesh that killed 14 individuals on May 7 this 12 months has discovered a number of inadequacies within the South Korean firm’s gasoline plant.

An FIR was registered after the hazardous styrene gasoline leaked from the plant inflicting widespread panic within the space. Despite individuals falling sick and shedding their lives as a result of leak, no arrest has taken place within the case but.

In its last report submitted to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, the high-power committee has acknowledged “the accident occurred due to uncontrolled styrene vapour release from the M6 tank, qualifies as a major accident as per the definition under Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemicals (MSIHC) rules”.

The 4,000-page report has blamed the administration for the gasoline leak as no precautions have been taken to examine the chance of temperature in styrene tanks.

The committee has stated that sustaining temperatures within the gasoline tanks was essential, however within the case of LG polymers, there was a severe lapse as this facet was ignored. The report says the refrigeration pipes have been changed in December 2019, however this broken the cooling system.

The report reads that the temperature measuring system was positioned on the backside of the gasoline tank as a result of which it’s unattainable to know the temperature on the centre of the tank. The firm ignored a warning register December. Further, even after the accident, LG Polymers was reckless. The manufacturing unit has 36 riot factors, however the siren didn’t ring even after the gasoline leak and the failure of the alarm to go off is a large trigger for concern, the report added.

“The temperature in the tank rose substantially. The rise in the temperature caused the styrene liquid to eventually vaporise and increase the pressure; it was a tank with small vents,” the report stated.

The report has additionally recommended that the factories that include harmful chemical substances, comparable to LG polymers, can’t be allowed to operate in a populated space. “We think it is better to move LG Polymers to a different location,” learn the report.

The committee, headed by Special Chief Secretary (Environment and Forests) Neerabh Kumar Prasad, contains Special CS Industry and Commerce Karikal Valaven, Visakhapatnam Collector V Vinay Chand, CP Visakhapatnam RK Meena, Director CSIR Indian Institute of Petroleum Dehradun Dr Anjan Ray, Member Secretary APCB Vivek Yadav, Director General DGFASLI Dr RK Elangovan and Regional Director CPCB Pune Bharat Kumar Sharma as members.

Before submitting the report, the committee had requested residents to pose questions over the incident and it obtained over 1,200 queries, 180 calls and 250 emails.



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