Vizag gas leak: 8.3 tonnes of chemicals airlifted from Gujarat to reduce toxicity

In a bid to reduce the toxicity of the gas leaked from LG Polymers plan in Visakhapatnam last week, the Indian Air Force on Monday airlifted 8.3 tonnes of chemicals from Gujarat, said the Defence Ministry.

“Two An-32 transport aircraft of IAF were deployed to airlift approximately 1.1 tonnes of Tertiary Butylcatechol and 7.2 tonnes of Polymerization Inhibitors and Green Retarders from Mundra, Gujarat to Vizag in Andhra Pradesh,” the ministry said in a statement.

Vizag District Collector V Vinay Chand said that about 13,000 tonnes of Styrene from the LG Polymers plant is being sent back through a ship to the company’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.

The gas leak from the plastic-manufacturing unit in the early hours of May 7 claimed lives of 12 and left 400 hospitalised.