Rs 1.14 cr spent to douse Brahmapuram fire; Kochi corp incurs Rs 90 lakh expense: RTI report 

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Firefighters at Brahmapuram plant in Kochi on March 26, Sunday | Photo: Mathrubhumi/Rahul GR

Kakkanad (Kochi): A Right to Information (RTI) report sought from the disaster management department of Ernakulam collectorate revealed that Rs 1.14 crore was spent on dousing the fire that broke out in the Brahmapuram waste treatment plant. Of this, an expense of Rs 90 lakh was borne by the Kochi corporation.

The corporation expense includes the money spent for renting excavators, floating machines, motor pumps, night lights, fuel costs for transporting these to the site, wages of operators, soil testing, construction of temporary rest areas, bio-toilets and food supplies.

As per the RTI report, Rs 24 lakh was spent for activities, including the setting up of medical camps.

Meanwhile, the district administration, which had supervised the dousing of fire in Brahmapuram, has written to the government seeking to grant the money spent on the mission.

The manager of the district health and family welfare society has submitted a bill of Rs 11 lakh, which was spent for buying equipment for the medical camp set up in Kakkanad.

Whereas, the district medical officer submitted a bill of Rs 13 lakh spent on other medical needs.

A massive fire broke out on a 110-acre waste plant in Brahmapuram on March 2. It took around 20 days to bring the fire under control.

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