Friday, March 1, 2024

Brahmapuram fire: Green Tribunal says Kerala govt bears responsibility, warns of fine up to Rs 500 crore

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) strongly rebuked the Kerala government’s management of the Brahmapuram fire event in a severe evaluation, issuing a stern caution on Friday. Justice (Rtd) AK Goel, the tribunal’s chairman, stressed that the state government holds full accountability for the fire that broke out at the waste disposal location.

During the hearing of the relevant petition, the NGT warned the state government that they could potentially face a substantial penalty of up to Rs 500 crore.

The tribunal had taken up the case on its own accord and made this statement, with the attendance of the state government’s additional chief secretary, V Venu.

Although the government contended that the High Court had already commenced a suo motu case on the same matter, making the NGT’s intervention unnecessary, the bench held a differing opinion. The NGT explained that it would not give directives that conflict with those of the High Court.

The tribunal will evaluate the report presented by the state government concerning the Brahmapuram fire event.

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