AP pays Rs 1 crore ex-gratia to kin of Vizag gas leak victims

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  11 May 2020 10:45 AM GMT
AP pays Rs 1 crore ex-gratia to kin of Vizag gas leak victims

Amaravati: Four days after the gas leak at LG Polymers plant in Vizag, the Andhra Pradesh government paid Rs 1 crore ex-gratia to the families of the deceased. A group of ministers, on Monday, visited the houses of the people killed in the gas tragedy and handed over the cheques to their families.

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had earlier announced that Rs 10 lakh compensation would be given to those whose condition was critical, while Rs 1 lakh will be given to those who are hospitalised.

“All the families living in the affected villages are to be compensated with Rs 10,000 each. The entire cost of hospitalisation will be borne by the government,” district in-charge minister K. Kannababu said.

The government officials confirmed that the entire area affected by gas leakage has been sanitised. Meanwhile, 13,000 tonne of styrene gas is being sent back to South Korea, they said.

The civic staff in Vizag is also creating awareness among the locals about the safety measures to be taken after the gas leakage and how to dust away the residuals.

The YSRC-led government did not fail to question former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for permitting the expansion of LG Polymers plant in 2017, despite the presence of huge residential population.

The styrene monomer gas leak at LG Polymers plant which happened in the wee hours on May 7 had led to the death of 12 people, and left at least 300 hospitalised.

The styrene gas leak had spread over five villages near RR Venkatapuram. Two days ago, on May 9, the kin of the deceased led a protest in front of the LG Polymers plant demanding that the factory be shifted.

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