Andhra govt after Vizag gas leak, villagers want closure of LG plant

Delhi:  The Andhra Pradesh government on Saturday said the situation was “normal” in RR Venkatapuram village, where a styrene vapour leak from the LG Polymers plant claimed 12 lives and left over 300 people hospitalized with various ailments. Director General of Police D Gautam Sawang and Special Chief Secretary (Industries) Karikal Valaven inspected the plant and spoke to the LG Polymers plant management. Later they told reporters “everything is normal and there is no need to panic. Even as Sawang was inspecting the vapour leak spot and talking to the management on the measures taken to restore normalcy, irate villagers staged a protest demanding immediate closure of the plant. According to the DGP, temperature at the styrene storage tank, where the vapour leak occurred, has come down, as also the PPM (ambient air quality) level. Definitely the air is also fresh and there is nothing to worry about. In the coming days, life will come back to normalcy,” the DGP said. Just to be on the safe side, as per protocol, people are being asked to stay away for 48 hours. That period will end tomorrow. Scientists and experts from different parts of the country, including New Delhi are coming here. They will review the situation and give final clearance,” he added.