Brahmapuram ignites assembly, oppn rejects claim that fire is extinguished

Thiruvananthapuram: Ernakulam collector filed a report on Sunday evening declaring that the fire at Brahmapuram waste treatment plant has been fully extinguished, informed Health Minister Veena George in assembly on Monday. Her remark came after the opposition moved an adjournment motion demanding discussion over the issue.

"As soon as the fire was first reported, the government coordinated various departments and took action. A comprehensive drone survey was conducted at the plant on Sunday. The fire department is carrying out strong preventive measures to avoid such accidents in future," she said.

The minister added the air quality in the area has also improved significantly.

"Health department conducted nine medical camps in the affected region. A mega medical camp will be held on Monday. A total of 851 people sought treatment till Sunday evening. The health department will start field survey on Tuesday. Mobile clinics will be made available from Monday onwards," she said.

Meanwhile, TJ Vinod MLA, who moved the adjournment notice, rejected the minister's claims that the fire was fully extinguished in Brahmapuram.

"Brahmapuram is the largest man-made disaster that Kerala has witnessed. People are not able to sit inside their houses. The government's mismanagement has led to this situation in Kochi. The Fire & Rescue units have to stand in queues to collect water. The government has completely failed to deal with the disaster. Ministers visited the plant premises only nine days after the fire started in Brahmapuram. The disaster in Kochi is similar to the endosulfan disaster," he said.

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