The Kunnathunadu and Puthenkurisu panchayat have submitted their report to the district administration regarding the availability of land in these taluks to construct the proposed petro-chemical park at Kunnathunadu. The Thiruvaniyoor village, which is also supposed to submit the report, will give it on Tuesday. If all goes well, it will become the fourth Petroleum Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) in the country.
Around 400 acres of land is required for the construction of the park which will be acquired from Kunnathunadu, Puthenkurisu and Thiruvaniyoor panchayat. The detailed project report was submitted by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) which has submitted its preliminary report to the district administration. Based on the report, the latter asked the officials of aforementioned panchayats to submit a report on the availability of land.
Around 198.52 acres of land will be acquired from Kunnathunadu village, 19.78 acres from Thiruvaniyoor village and 90.1802 acres from Puthenkurisu village. The officials said most of the people were ready to hand over their land. Their land being so close to the Cochin Refinery, most of them were forced to bear the brunt of contaminated atmosphere. Lissy mol M, village officer, Thiruvaniyoor, said there are many who wanted to give away their land. “We will inspect their site. But it is KSIDC who will eventually decide on it,” she said.
Sabu, village officer, Kunnathunadu said that they will submit the report on Tuesday as they have vast area of land to inspect. The petro chemical park is being set up by the state government as part of the petroleum chemicals and petrochemicals investment region (PCPIR) project by the centre to lure petroleum and petrochemical industries. The industries which will use Ethylene and propylene as raw materials from Cochin Refinery will be set up here. The major advantage is that the capacity of the refinery will be increased to 1.55 crore tonnes from 95 lakhs tonnes. It would help in extracting five lakh tonnes of propylene and 75,000 tonnes of ethylene.
Using 75,000 tonnes of ethylene, three lakhs tonnes of vinyl chloride monomer can be produced. The producers who produce plastic products, paints, PVC, paper coating material, diapers, detergent, stabilizers, polisters, textiles can also start a manufacturing unit at the petro chemical park.