DIBRUGARH, May 8 - Following the chemical leak tragedy at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, which claimed several lives and caused illness several others, apprehension among the people around Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) site at Lepetkata here is obvious as it houses a major petrochemical complex.
Given the critical nature of the industry, All Assam Students� Union (AASU) has asked the government and the concerned industry authorities to ensure that Visakhapatnam like mishaps do not take place here. Referring to both chemical and gas-based industries in the State, AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi has asked authorities concerned to ensure that precautionary measures are in place to prevent any untoward incident.
�Negligence and lackadaisical attitude must not become a factor for calamity. The authorities must do continuous monitoring of the plants and seek to improvise the machineries time to time. They must frequently conduct survey of all vulnerable areas and ensure maintenance and safety standards. The authorities must also review its strength and preparedness to neutralize any contingency. How far emergency response teams are trained, updated and equipped also needs continuous review so that all sorts of apprehensions among the people surrounding the industries are dispelled,� said Lurinjyoti Gogoi. While referring to Assam Petrochemicals Limited (APL) and the Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation (BVFCL), the AASU leader also asked the government to ensure that the plants do not outlive its utilities and that they are revamped timely.