Andhra Pradesh gas leak: Affected workers stable, says apparel unit

With the state government not issuing a statement regarding the incident, the opposition parties criticized the First Party for allegedly failing to prevent such unfortunate incidents.

According to the latest count, about 95 workers fell ill and vomited after inhaling stinging gas that filled the air at the manufacturing unit on Tuesday night.

They were undergoing treatment in hospitals in Anakapali, Achiotapuram and Visakhapatnam.

This is the second incident of its kind in two months after the June 3 incident in the same place, where more than 300 workers lost consciousness after complaining of eye ulcers, nausea and vomiting.

The state government has not made public the report given by a team of experts from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad regarding the gas leak on 3 June.

The report of an official commission, headed by the Anakapali District Joint Assembly, was also not disclosed. On June 3, an ammonia gas leak was suspected from a nearby Burros Laboratories unit.

A team of experts from the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad visited the lab and conducted tests to determine the cause of the leak while the AP Pollution Control Authority ordered the lab closed.

Burros’ laboratory was closed for a few days after the accident but soon resumed its activities. Later, APPCB as well as the government did not disclose the cause of the accident. The state’s industry minister, Godivada Amarnath, who falls under Brandix’s Anakapally Economic Circle, did not respond to calls for clarification.

According to official sources, the minister has asked district collector B Ravi Subhash to conduct a detailed investigation into the accident and submit a report.

The conductor visited some hospitals and spoke to the victims about the medical care being provided. Seeds Intimate Apparel India Private Ltd, where the two incidents occurred, said in a statement that the “affected partners” were in stable condition after the incident, which occurred on Tuesday night.

“A few of our colleagues complained of an unpleasant smell in the air, and as a result, some of them were taken to the nearest hospital for medical reserve. The affected associates are in stable condition,” Seeds said in a statement.

Seeds said that the safety and well-being of their partners was of paramount importance to her. The MLC and TDP General Secretary Nara Lukech claimed that Jagan Mohan Reddy’s government did not wake up from its deep slumber despite the frequent occurrence of such incidents.

Two incidents in two months in the Brandex Special Economic Zone clearly revealed the government’s failure to take corrective action. Lokesh said in a statement that the chief minister is turning Visakhapatnam, known as the City of Destiny, into ‘Vishadapatnam’ (City of Tragedy).

The BJS chief, Sumo Viraju, also strongly criticized the state government, saying its gross negligence was blatant. “Has the government abandoned its responsibility to monitor industrial security?” he asked.

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