LG Polymers has absolute liability for loss of life: NGT
Rs.50 Crores penalty to be spent on environmental restoration
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has made remarkable statements on LG polymers company, in which a gas was leaked and claimed 13 lives on 7 May. The NGT, which is investigating the gruesome incident on Wednesday stated that LG Polymers has absolute liability for the loss of life. The NGT directed the Rs 50 crore penalty imposed on it to be used as compensation to the victims and for environment restoration.
The NGT took suo motu cognizance of the case a day later and imposed a fine of Rs 50 crore on the South Korean company. In an order on Wednesday, an NGT bench headed by its Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted, “We find the company has strict and absolute liability for the environmental damage and consequential loss to life and public health in this case.”
The bench said that the amount will stand appropriated towards part liability and interim compensation to be spent for restoration of the environment and compensation for the victims. The final calculation of compensation will be assessed by a committee comprising representatives of the Ministry of Environment, the Central Pollution Control Board and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, the tribunal said.
“The Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC), may ensure the constitution of the committee within two weeks from today. The committee may give its report within two months thereafter. The MoEF & CC will be the nodal agency for the purpose,” the order stated.
The NGT said that the company cannot recommence its operation without requisite statutory clearances and directed that if any such statutory clearances are granted and the company proposes to recommence, it must first be brought to the notice of the tribunal.
The bench comprising Justices Sheo Kumar Singh and Nagin Nanda directed the Andhra Pradesh government to take appropriate action against the erring people who were responsible for permitting LG Polymer to operate without statutory clearances.