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Vizag Gas Leak: A Violation During Pandemic

Authors: Saubhagya Tibrewal and Rishab Chaurasia, Students, Amity Law School, Kolkata and Siddharth College of Law, Mumbai, India

Abstract Styrene Gas leaked on May 7, 2020 at LG Polymers plant at Vizag and the leak of styrene gas affected the population over a radius of 5 km area causing havoc at the place affecting the nervous system, skin, eyes and many other parts of Human body. The victims or witnesses said that due to the gas leak people fainted at the very place they were standing. The rescue teams of NDRF got charge to tackle the situation. While the Law of Torts provides with the principle of Liability following which the National Green Tribunal applied such principles in this case. In this paper we have discussed about the various aspects of the Principle of Liability and the role of NGT. Further we have discussed about the findings of the Committee constituted by NGT. The noxious gas was leaked from the plant that is situated in a densely populated suburb area. The company uses raw material i.e. styrene to manufacture various types of products used in manufacturing of fan blades, crockery and plastic containers for cosmetic products such as makeup, storage containers etc. Various experts have also raised concerns for the leak caused which has damaged the environment as well. In the end we have concluded by suggesting that how administration should work in order to tackle these types of situations and how the laws must be stringent to give punishment for the offence done for violating the safety standards of the Company and its surroundings.


Keywords: Styrene Gas, Vizag Gas leak, liability

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