Cabinet Secretary takes stock of Visakhapatnam gas leak incident

Cabinet Secretary takes stock of Visakhapatnam gas leak incident

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New Delhi, May 8 : Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday took stock of the Visakhapatnam gas leak incident. Mr Gauba was chairing the meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee for the second consecutive day held to review the situation arising out of the gas leak incident and steps taken by the Government agencies.

Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh briefed the Committee on the ground situation as well as the actions taken by them after the incident to evacuate people and to contain the leakage in the plant. He also informed that all efforts were being taken to prevent any further emissions from the tanks. Issues related to the long term impact of the gas on health and on the quality of water and air were also discussed. While taking stock of the current situation, preparedness, rescue and relief operations, he directed that all assistance, as may be required by the state, be provided to mitigate the situation.

Consultations between national and international experts on ‘Chemical Safety and Industrial processes’ and the officials on site would be carried out through video conferencing, and a team of such experts would also be flown in as per requirements, he further instructed. The Cabinet Secretary was updated that similar consultations between medical experts would also be arranged and the medical protocol has to be followed. Requirement of assistance by way of dispatch of inhibitor chemicals was also to be ensured, he instructed.

Secretaries of Ministries of Environment, Chemicals and Petrochemicals and Pharmaceuticals, DGs of NDRF and Health Services, Director, AIIMS and officers from MHA and Central Pollution Control Board were present. Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh joined the meeting through video conferencing along with officials of the Visakhapatnam district. (UNI)