Its Negligence of Management - LG Polymers High-Power Committee Report.
The high-power committee appointed by the AP government to investigate on the gruesome gas leakage incident occurred in LG Polymers at Vizag on 7 May has submitted it's report on Monday.On Monday the committee members submitted their detailed report to Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy . The committee found fault with the management of the LG polymers and it led to huge accident in which 14 are killed and hundreds hospitalized.
The committee, headed by Neerab Kumar, after probe and assessment of the incident, came up with report consisting of 4000 pages. The panel highlighted several lapses in the report while blaming the LG Polymers plant management for its negligence in controlling the temperatures in the Styrene gas tank which, has resulted in the gas leak.
After submitting the report , Neerab Kumar spoke to media and said what happened in Visakhapatnam on that fateful day was just not a gas leakage but a large amount of unregulated styrene was also released.
Even the cooling systems were also found to be completely damaged ever since refrigeration pipes were replaced in December 2019, he said.
“The temperature recording apparatus was installed at the bottom of the tank and thus they were unable to notice the actual temperatures being built up in the middle and at the top of the tank. Even though styrene polymerisation was recorded way back in December, they never took it as a warning signal. The rise in temperature inside the tank, styrene reaching a boiling point and later escaping out in the form of vapour has caused the gas leak disaster. LY Polymers should take the blame for the rise in temperature in the tank resulting in the accident.
“Even after the accident happened, LG Polymers acted in a negligent manner. Siren was not pressed after the accident even though there were alarms installed at 36 places on the plant premises. Not keeping the sirens active on the plant premises is the biggest laxity on the part of LG Polymers. Also, the chemicals used to control Styrene were not adequately available in the plant. ,” Neerab Kumar said.