‘City to be free from industrial mishaps’

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Chief secretary SP Tucker said the government was making serious efforts to make the city free from industrial mishaps. The chief secretary held a meeting with the industrialists, inspectors of factories, local officials and members from Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board.

Visakhapatnam: Chief secretary SP Tucker said the government was making serious efforts to make the city free from industrial mishaps. The chief secretary held a meeting with the industrialists, inspectors of factories, local officials and members from Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board.

Speaking on the occasion, Tucker said the government was making this city, the financial capital of the State, hence all the efforts should be made to prevent accidents and pollution.

He suggested construction of houses for the women employed in Brandix India Apparel City, who are now travelling 60 kilometres every day to reach their work place, and a corpus fund by all the industrialists to pay compensation to the victims of mishaps.

He said that a team would be formed soon comprising PCB, police fire, revenue, VUDA, joint inspector of factories, which would be headed by the District Collector, to prevent pollution and accidents.

He said during the past five years, 16 accidents took place-three in the public sector and the remaining in private sector. Later, he reviewed all the industrial accidents that took place during the past five years.

Collector Dr N Yuvaraj said some of the applications for new industries have been kept pending since the entrepreneurs did not meet the required parameters.

The district has 112 major industries with an investment of Rs 73,225 crore with an employment of 88,287. Similarly, there are 10,335 medium and small scale industries with an investment of Rs 1,33,573 crore and 1,41,429 people are employed in this sector.

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