A Firm booked for endangering life by ammonia leakage
August 12, 2013
Himachal Pradesh police booked M/s. Federal Mogul for causing industrial pollution in alleged incident of ammonia leakage in Parwanoo, a densely packed industrial belt of district Solan, about 95 km from Shimla.
Parwanoo police station registered a case under section 336 of IPC for an alleged act of endangering life or personal safety of others on the complaint of incident of ammonia leakage in the unit on Saturday.
A police official told that FIR has been registered after the incident of industrial gas leakage in the firm on Saturday but no one was injured in the mishap.
“The impact of ammonia leakage was diffused out in the moist weather, thus it did not caused any fatalities but its impact could be vigorous if it would be dry weather”, the official said.
The firm shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months or with fine which may extend to two hundred and fifty rupees, or with both, he said.
Executive Engineer of State Pollution Control Board, Deepak Aggarwal said that major industrial disaster was averted due to conducive weather conditions as a wall of industry has reportedly fallen down with alleged leakage in the firm.
The Board has limited powers to initiate action against the errant firm under state statutory provisions as it can slap fine and legal action for non compliance of sewerage treatment plant and causing air pollution with DG set, Mr. Aggarwal said.
On suspicion of report, Industrial Disaster Pollution Control Board would also probe the matter if any norms and provisions have been violated by the firm but so far it did not take any action over the gas leakage issue as state law and order machinery is empowered to take action on errant firm.
Parwanoo, Baddi, Barotiwala, Nalagarh area of Solan district and Una are dense industrial belts in the state where number of such industrial units have been mushroomed up in recent time.
The air, water and soil pollution have already crossed saturation in these industrial hubs, but there is not enough mechanism put in place by the state to curb the disposal of industrial waste in the vicinity or avert such incident.