With the rising clamour for the closure of LG Polymers plant growing with people from various Trade Union leaders, former public representatives, and activists, shackles tightened around the company which stood responsible for eight lives including a six-year-old. Upon preliminary investigation, it has become evident that the company’s negligence is the main reason behind the mishap.
With the incident which shook the grounds of PMO as well, many media houses now zeroed in on the history of the company which unveiled shocking facts. It was learnt that the Korean-based company which was established in the year 1961 is already in the bad book with a roll of similar gas leaks right from the inception. Set up in affiliation with Hindusthan Polymers, the company was later taken over by LG Company in 1997.
Established in over 213 acres in RR Venkatapuram village, the company has the capacity to produce 417 tonnes of polystyrene every day with styrene as the base product. In the wake of lockdown, it was learnt that the factory was shut down and has resumed production without minimal inspection which is speculated to the reason behind the devastating gas leakage. While concerned authorities are to visit the factory before resuming the production, it was said that the officials too paid a blind eye which ended with a major mishap which affected almost 3,000 families.
But, does the company have permissions to open production while the centre sanctioned relaxation only for the companies producing essential services…? If the information from the trusted sources is to be believed, the company’s big shots, lobbied with the pollution authorities regarding the toxic waste dumping and the permissions. With the locals confirming that this is not the first time the company made a mishap, all eyes are on the state government if it would cancel the factory’s permissions.