Brahmapuram fire: Ekm collector's absence irks Kerala HC, seeks report on Kochi's waste management

Kochi: Kerala High Court on Tuesday expressed dismay over Ernakulam district collector Renu Raj failing to attend the court while considering a suo motu writ petition filed in the Brahmapuram fire incident.

Earlier today, a division bench comprising Justice K Vinod Chandran and Justice C Jayachandran considered the petition filed on the basis of a letter written by Justice Devan Ramachandran to the Chief Justice on Monday, six days after a major fire broke out in a dumping yard of Kochi Corporation in Brahmapuram.

Before considering the petition on Tuesday afternoon, the court asked the Kochi corporation secretary, chairman of the state pollution control board, and Renu Raj to appear before the court. Instead of Renu Raj, an official in charge of disaster management attended the court.

Following this, the court expressed its displeasure over the collector's absence and directed her to appear before the court on Wednesday. One of the judges remarked that he cancelled his morning walk on Saturday due to trouble breathing polluted air. He questioned whether the collector had not felt any discomfort breathing polluted air.

Meanwhile, the court directed the Corporation secretary to ensure that the situation is brought under control by Wednesday afternoon. Further, the court also sought a detailed report regarding the solid waste management issues in Kochi.

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