Don’t step out tomorrow unless it’s must: EKM collector urges people in Brahmapuram, proximity

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Dr Renu Raj, Fire broke out at Brahmapuram plant | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Ernakulam: Ernakulam district collector Dr Renu Raj on Saturday urged the people in proximity of the Brahmapuram fire not to step out during the daytime on Sunday unless it is necessary.

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She also urged individuals running shops and establishments not to open them. The plan is to issue the advisory in corporation with the health department, she noted.

Renu explained the measures devised to curb the chance of health issues in the locality. At present locals are not having any serious health issues related to the smoke, she claimed.

"The administration is fully prepared to tackle any sort of health emergency arising out of the current situation", Raj told reporters here after attending a high-level meeting convened by state Chief Secretary V P Joy and attended by officials of the various departments.

At the meeting, the Chief Secretary directed the Kochi City Police Commissioner to probe the reasons behind the fire at the plant.

At the meeting, it was also decided to deploy more fire tenders to douse the blaze, the Collector said.

"Currently, 20 fire tenders are deployed at the site. Directions have been issued to deploy additional fire tenders from the Cochin Port Trust and other Public Sector Units in the area to bring the situation under control. Besides, water will be pumped from the nearby river using powerful motors," the Collector said.

She also elaborated on the measures in place to extinguish the fire at the earliest.

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