People in Kochi trapped in gas chamber, remarks Kerala HC on Brahmapuram fire accident

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Kochi: The population of Kochi is trapped in a gas chamber, remarked Kerala High Court on Tuesday while considering a suo moto petition filed days after a massive fire broke out at Kochi-based Brahmapuram waste treatment plant.

Earlier, the high court filed a suo moto case based on a letter issued by Justice Devan Ramachandran, citing increase in air pollution after the fire. The fire resulted in a massive drop in air quality on the city premises and left many in the locality susceptible to asthma, cough and respiratory issues.

The high court division bench demanded strict action against the perpetrators behind the incident in Brahmapuram. Meanwhile, the court also directed the Kochi Corporation Secretary and Kerala State Pollution Control Board chairman to appear before the court on Tuesday afternoon to provide an explanation on the matter. The court also viewed that the State Pollution Control Board failed in discharging its duties.

Meanwhile, the state government informed the court that a probe is ongoing to identify the source of the fire that engulfed the waste treatment plant. The government sought a day to furnish further details on the matter.

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