Vijayawada: Opposition leader and Telugu Desam Party’s chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to constitute a scientific experts committee to enquire into the Styrene gas leak from LG Polymers that claimed 12 lives on Thursday.

“Scientific Experts’ Committee should be set up to enquire into the alleged gas leakage and the circumstances that led to the release of toxic vapors/gases. The company claims that the gas leaked out was Styrene, however, there were conflicting reports of other toxic gases. It needs to be investigated to understand the enduring health impacts,” Naidu said in his letter to Modi.

Naidu said the long-lasting impact of the health of those undergoing treatment is of serious concern. “It is apprehended that the toxins emitted may cause permanent damage to the victims,” he said.

TDP chief said close monitoring of the ambient air quality in and around Visakhapatnam city is necessary for understanding the present and future impact.

“There is a need for roping in National and International health-experts for health assessment and accordingly taking immediate and long-term health measures. This assessment would be helpful in giving compensation. Thorough monitoring of each patient on a long-term basis while generating electronic health records may help build confidence among the victims and reinforce trust in your efforts”, he said.

Expressing gratitude to PM Modi, he said the quick response has brought solace and confidence. “National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has swung into action for neutralizing the toxic effects of the gas and further airlifting para-tertiary butyl catechol (PTBC) from Gujarat has happened in quick succession with your prompt directions. I am so grateful on behalf of the people of Andhra Pradesh for your empathy and prompt action,” he said.

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