Special team to probe Brahmapuram fire; none in serious condition - CM

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Pinarayi Vijayan speaks in the Assembly | Screenshot/Sabha TV

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday announced in the Assembly that a special investigation team of the Kerala Police will probe the criminal case registered in connection with the fire incident at Brahmapuram waste treatment plant.

This is besides an investigation by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau and a study by a technical committee.

In addition, the government will conduct a scientific study of soil, air, water, and also human bodies in order to find dangerous residues. A health survey is underway in Kochi, the CM added.

This is the first time the chief minister is making a public speech on the issue since the fire on March 2.

He added that an empowered committee was formed as per the Disaster Management Act, to oversee the fire situation. The committee will guide the action plan to implement proper waste management in Kochi.

The VACB will look into all aspects since the inception of the Brahmapuram plant. Technical committee will study the fire and advice on how to avoid such mishaps in future. The terms of reference of the technical committee will include finding who is responsible for the mishap and those who have flouted norms of the Corporation or the Pollution Control Board. Besides, it will also study the effective source treatment of waste in places where huge amount of waste were produced, among others.

CM said that the fire has been completely doused on March 13. As many as 1,335 people have sought medical treatment so far and no one is in critical situation, he added.

He elaborated on the action taken to douse the fire and justified that they were vetted by experts. “New York City fire department deputy chief George Healy said the methods were perfect,” he informed the Assembly.

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