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New Delhi: After asking Kochi Corporation to pay an environmental compensation of Rs 100 crore, National Green Tribunal ordered to initiate criminal proceedings against responsible officials in the Brahmapuram fire outbreak. The tribunal declared that action would be taken within 2 months.
NGT’s order noted that both the corporation and government are responsible for the mishap. Highly toxic elements are found in the air and marshes in the vicinity. The tribunal also demanded to set up a regularly functioning waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram.
Following a probe, NGT inferred that the state government and officials proved an utter failure in extinguishing the fire. Severe lapses were found on the part of the state government to roll out actions immediately after the fire outbreak. Though the tribunal had issued warnings regarding the waste management in Kochi and Brahmapuram plant, the government refrained from taking action, the tribunal reported.
Meanwhile, NGT ordered to pay the Rs 100 crore environmental compensation within a month, and the amount would be utilised to resolve the public health issues that surfaced after the fire outbreak.