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It’s Official: KMML Gas Leak Toxic

Published: 14th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2014 08:59 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state government on Wednesday confirmed the presence of toxic substance in small proportion in the gas that leaked from the Kerala Minerals and Metals Ltd(KMML) at Chavara, Kollam.

The chemical plant from where the gas leaked will be shut down till safety conditions are met.

Industry Minister P K Kunhalikutty said gas leak was noticed even on Wednesday. A high-level committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary and KMML Chairman V Somasundaran has been constituted for suggesting immediate measures to be taken at KMML. The other committee members are Industry principal secretary P H Kurian and ADGP (Intelligence) A Hemachandran, who is probing into the gas leak, are the other committee members.

They have been asked to submit a report within three days, he said after a high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here.

Kunhalikutty said the gas leak was due to the poor mechanism at the plant.

On the action taken against KMML officials for the gas leak, he said no action has been initiated against anyone. However, he said action will be taken against any person if found guilty.

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