TN explosive factory accident
MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Monday ordered the Trichy district collector to conduct an inquiry and take necessary action against Vetrivel Explosives Private Ltd in T Murungapatty village where nineteen people died in a blast on December 1.
The order came after K Periyasamy of Thuraiyur taluk and two others filed a public interest litigation in the court seeking cancellation of the licence of Vetrivel Explosives.
When the PIL came up for hearing before a division bench headed by Justice A Selvam, the petitioner's side said the explosives factory had violated rules.
The company manufactured electric, non-electric and plain detonators and other products which involved the use of chemicals. However, it did not treat the waste generated from the factory which are hazardous and harmful.
The waste is allowed to flow to a riverbed and unused borewells, situated near the factory. The ground water had been contaminated due to this. The villagers were suffering from various skin and other diseases, the petitioner's side said.
Following this, the court ordered the Trichy district collector to conduct an inquiry and pass orders in two months.