Our warnings fell on deaf ears, claims NGT's Monitoring Committee report on Brahmapuram fire

By JS Manoj

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Thiruvananthapuram: The failure to address various warnings and directives issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and State Level Monitoring Committee led to the current crisis in Brahmapuram, says a report filed by state Monitoring Committee chairman Justice AV Ramakrishna Pillai.

The committee, constituted by the Chennai bench of the NGT, was tasked to file a report on solid waste treatment efforts in local self-government institutions in the state. Brahmapuram witnessed four fire-related accidents after the committee came to effect in 2018. Despite repeated warnings of inadequacies in the Brahmapuram plant, the Corporation turned a blind eye towards the committee's recommendations.

The 27-page report also indicates that fire accidents could happen in future unless heaps of wastes dumped on the plant premises are mined and treated scientifically on a warfooting. The report also recommends that other municipalities and panchayat bodies dumping waste in Brahmapuram should bear the expenses of establishing a treatment plant.

Further, the report claimed that Corporation's failure to install fire safety equipment in the plant stalled efforts to bring the fire under control. The fire force units that arrived at the plant struggled to fetch water from the nearby river due to the unscientific dumping of wastes in the plant. Additionally, the fire force struggled to reach different parts of the plants on time due to the absence of pathways inside the plant.

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