Brahmapuram plant lacks basic fire safety measures, warns report submitted last year

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Kochi: A report compiled by the Kerala Fire & Rescue Services last year warned about inadequacies and lack of basic security features in the fire-hit Brahmapuram solid waste treatment plant.

After reviewing the fire safety mechanism installed in the plant, the Thrikkakara station officer submitted a report to the Ernakulam district administration and requested immediate intervention to resolve the issues here.

The report was submitted on January 5, 2022. The report mentions that fire hydrants and monitors are not operational in the plant. The report indicated that fire and safety personnel would struggle to reach the plant in case of an emergency and would also find it hard to gather water from the nearby river.

Further, the report mentions the absence of an electricity connection in the plant, among other issues.

In the past, officials had struggled to douse fire accidents reported here. Back then, the officials warned that it would be hard to extinguish the fire if such incidents occur in the future. The report also mentions that people living in the plant's vicinity had suffered health issues after inhaling pollutants emitted from fire accidents.

Meanwhile, 11 days have gone since the massive fire broke out in the Brahmapuram plant. Despite assurances from the government, the locals have criticized the district administration and Corporation for their lacklustre approach to handle the issue. It was argued that the health department failed to take appropriate measures soon after the smoke engulfed the city. On Saturday, Minister Veena George notified that the health survey would commence from Tuesday onwards.

The minister also assured all kinds of health care checkups and treatment for those showing discomfort due to exposure to pollutants.

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