LG Polymers: Situation At Vizag Plant Under Control Now

Publish On: 09 May, 2020 05:57 PM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

VISAKHAPATNAM: Two days after the gas leak that claimed 12 lives and affected many others, LG Polymers India, here on Saturday, said things at the plant had been brought under control.

The initial investigation, it said, suggested the reason for the incident as vapour leak from the Styrene Monomer (SM) tank near the GPPS (General Purpose Poly Styrene) factory.

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Expressing condolences and apologies to the victims, LG Polymers India said it had been committed to working with the authorities to investigate the incident, prevent its recurrence, and secure the basics for care and treatment.

"While focusing on stabilizing the plant, we are doing our best to extend all the possible support to the people and their families stricken by the incident. Our teams are working with the govt. to assess the impact of the damage caused and take measures to deliver a care package to be implemented immediately," it said.

LG Polymers said it had established a special task force to assist victims and their families.

Meanwhile, the Environment Ministry got involved in investigating the incident. It said that that the green rules were violated as the plant was functioning under the expanded capacity. 

A senior official from the ministry said, "The company had applied for post-facto approval of its operation under expanded capacity. Since the clearance is pending, the operation of the plant is certainly a violation."

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It has also promised to develop and promote mid-to-long term support programmes which will contribute to the welfare of the local communities.