Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 February 17, 18 Highlights: The National Green Tribunal has formed a committee headed by a former high court judge and directed it to submit a report in relation to a firecracker factory blast in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar district in which 20 workers were killed. The explosion occurred on February 12 when some chemicals were being mixed to produce fireworks at the unit in Achankulam village.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel issued notices to the Tamil Nadu government, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), Virudhunagar District Magistrate and Sree Mariyammal Fireworks factory. The green panel said that to secure credible facts, it is constituting an eight-member committee. “The District magistrate, Virudhunagar and Regional Office, State PCB may provide logistic support to the Committee to enable their fact finding and reporting. State PCB will bear the initial cost of functioning of the Committee, including the honorarium to the non-official members to be determined in consultation with them.
The Committee (or such members as the Chairman may decide depending on availability) may visit the site preferably within one week and give its report within one month by e-mail, the NGT said.