Vijayawada, May 8 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy emphasized the need of strengthening the Pollution Control Board (PCB) and directed the officials to identify hazardous factories in and around Visakhapatnam located in densely populated areas.
During a review meeting held through video conference on Friday, the Chief Minister asked the officials to prepare a comprehensive roadmap to ensure a safe and risk-free city from hazardous industries and the location should be far away from habitations. The Chief Minister instructed the officials of the PCB to take a proactive role in preventing mishaps. He further directed the officials to conduct a fair and transparent investigation on the mishap and come out with a comprehensive report.
Mr Reddy asked the Special Chief Secretary for Environment and Forests Neerabh Kumar Prasad and AP Pollution Control Board Secretary Vivek Yadav to be part of high-level enquiry team and told them not to hesitate to recommend the relocation of the industries, if needed from the residential areas. "Ensuring public safety, a comprehensive safety audit of all the industries should be taken up and a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) should be enforced. Without any hesitations, the officials should come up with suitable recommendations to avoid such mishaps in future,” he said. The Chief Minister instructed the officials to immediately release ex-gratia amount to the victims and their families.
Meanwhile, the officials said that the situation was brought under control, with over 60 per cent of the gas leak in the tank was already polymerised and the rest will be completed in 18-24 hours. Chief Secretary Neelam Sawhney, DGP Gautham Sawang, Visakhapatnam city Police Commissioner R K Meena, District Collector Vadarevu Vinay Chand and other senior officials were present during the Video Conference. (UNI)