The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued a notice to the Punjab government on the Ludhiana gas leak incident of last month in which five people were killed and 213 hospitalised.
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 damaged its safety valves in trying to pass under a low bridge at Doraha on the Delhi-Ludhiana highway, causing the chemical to turn into gas and leak. Within minutes, vapours of ammonia had spread in the air in a 5-kilometre radius, causing major and minor injuries to the respiratory tract, eyes and skin of the people living in the area.
The high court has issued a notice to the department of health and the Ludhiana deputy commissioner, seeking their responses by September 15.