VD Satheesan, Veena George | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Slamming the Kerala government over the Brahmapuram fire mishap, Opposition Leader VD Satheesan said in the Assembly on Monday that a health emergency should have been declared in Kochi.
Taking a dig at Health Minister Veena George, Satheesan said, “We have a minister who asked the people to wear masks on the 10th day after poisonous smoke engulfed Kochi. On the third day of the fire breakout, she said that there were no health issues in the area. On what basis did she say that?”
“When elderly and children in Kochi approach doctors, they are advised to move out from the city. The reason why the Brahmapuram fire got worse is because the government tried to trivialise it out of fear of people's protests,” opined the leader.
He further added, “The government is waiting for the whole thing to burn completely. Only then, they can help the contractor. Everything including water and air has been polluted. The chief minister handles the portfolio covering environmental pollution. What did he do about this?”
Satheesan also asked whether the health department has been able to appoint an agency and investigate the issue. The company that took the contract for waste management is mysterious. The government is standing by them in their corruption, he said.