Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Doraha gas leak: Notice to Punjab


CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued a notice to the Punjab gover nment on the Doraha (Ludhiana) ammonia gas leak incident in which five people were killed and 213 hospitalis­ed last month.

The division bench of justice SK Mittal and justice HS Sidhu issued the notice acting on a citizen’s letter. On June 13, a tanker carrying liquid ammonia broke its safety valves in trying to pass under a low bridge at Doraha on the Delhi-Ludhiana highway. Within minutes, ammonia vapours had spread in the air in a 5-km radius, causing injuries to the respirator­y tract, eyes and skin of the people living in the area. The department of health and the Ludhiana DC have been asked to submit responses by September 15.

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