NGT has ordered the LG Polymers as follows on 08-05-2020
In Para 6,
In re Gas Leak at LG Polymers Chemical Plant RR Venkatapuram Village Visakhapatnam
6. Having regard to the prima facie material regarding the extent of damage to life, public health and environment, we direct LG Polymers India Pvt., Limited to forthwith deposit an initial amount of Rs. 50 Crore, with the District Magistrate, Vishakhapatnam, which will abide by further orders of this Tribunal. The amount is being fixed having regard to the financial worth of the company and the extent of the damage caused.
Then on 01-06-2020, the following directions were passed.
2020-06-01 In re Gas Leak at LG Polymers Chemical Plant
40. In view of above, we issue following directions in the matter:
i. The amount of Rs. 50 crores deposited by the Company with the District Magistrate, Vishakhapatnam will stand appropriated towards part liability and interim compensation to be spent for restoration of the environment and compensation for victims in accordance with the restoration plan to be prepared.
ii. Restoration plan may be prepared by a Committee comprising two representatives each of MoEF & CC, CPCB and three representatives of State Government to be named by the Chief Secretary, including the District Magistrate, Vishakhapatnam and such other concerned Departments within two months from today. MoEF&CC will be the nodal agency for the purpose.
iii. Final quantification of compensation may be assessed by a Committee comprising representatives of MoEF & CC, CPCB and NEERI. The said Committee will be at liberty to associate/co-opt any other expert institution or individual. The Secretary, MoEF & CC may ensure constitution of such
Committee within two weeks from today. The Committee may give its report within two months thereafter. MoEF & CC will be the nodal agency for the purpose.
iv. The Chief Secretary, Andhra Pradesh may identify and take appropriate action against persons responsible for failure of law in permitting the Company to operate without statutory clearances within two months and give a report to this Tribunal
v. In view of the stand of the State PCB and the Company that it will not recommence its operation without requisite statutory clearances, we direct that if any such statutory clearances are granted and the Company proposes to recommence, this aspect must be brought to the notice of this Tribunal so that compliance of law is ensured.
vi. The MoEF & CC may also constitute an Expert Committee to suggest ways and means to revamp monitoring mechanism to check and prevent violation of environmental norms and preventing any such recurrence in future in any of the establishments dealing with hazardous chemicals. A special drive may be initiated in this regard. An action taken report may be furnished within three months from today.
vii. This order will not prejudice any criminal or other statutory proceedings in accordance with law.
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