New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a fine of Rs. 100 crore on the Kochi Corporation for the fire at the Brahmmapuram waste plant . The NGT order stated that the fine should be handed over to the Chief Secretary within one month of the order.
The order issued by the principal bench of the Harita Tribunal also stated that criminal action should be taken against the officials responsible for the incident, as deadly poison was found in the air and in the Swamp land .
The NGT order further directed that the fine should be used for the healthcare of the fire victims and other remedial measures. It was also proposed that a smoothly functioning waste plant should be established in the future.Advertisement
The NGT criticized the state government and asked why it is not taking moral responsibility for the incident. The order also observed that there has been a continuous fall in waste disposal in Kerala, especially in Kochi.
The Brahmmapuram fire incident led to concerns about the release of toxic gases and pollutants into the air and water, causing severe damage to the plant and surrounding areas. The Kerala State Pollution Control Board had previously conducted an investigation into the incident and found that the Kochi Corporation was responsible for the fire due to its negligence in maintaining the plant and failing to take adequate safety measures.
The NGT had filed a case on its own accord in the Brahmmapuram fire case, and the latest order reflects the seriousness of the environmental violations and the need for stricter enforcement of environmental laws and regulations