Brahmapuram fire: NGT says Kerala govt bears sole responsibility, warns of fine up to Rs 500 cr

By B Balagopal/Mathrubhumi News

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New Delhi: In a scathing critique of the Kerala government's handling of the Brahmapuram fire incident, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued a stern warning on Friday. The tribunal's chairman, Justice (Rtd) AK Goel, emphasised that the state government bears complete responsibility for the fire that erupted at the waste dumping site.

Additionally, the NGT cautioned the state government that it may be subject to a hefty fine of up to Rs 500 crore, should the need arise. The tribunal initiated a suo motu case in the matter, and made these remarks while hearing the related petition. The state government's additional chief secretary, V Venu, was also present at the proceedings.

Despite the government's argument that the High Court had already initiated a suo motu case on the same issue, rendering the NGT's involvement superfluous, the bench disagreed. The NGT clarified that it would not issue orders that contradict those of the High Court. The tribunal will review the report submitted by the state government on the Brahmapuram fire incident.

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