‘All chemicals, raw materials to be evacuated from Sterlite in 30 days’

Collector says high-powered technical committee inspected plant, given nod for evacuation.

Published: 03rd July 2018 05:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd July 2018 05:45 AM   |  A+A-

Sealed Sterlite copper smelter plant at Thoothukudi. (EPS | V Karthikalagu)

By Express News Service

THOOTHUKUDI: All the chemical substance and the raw materials stocked at the Sterlite Copper premises would be evacuated by the district administration in next 30 days, said Collector Sandeep Nanduri here on Monday.

In a  press brief after the weekly grievance redress meeting held at the collectorate, Nanduri said that the high-powered technical committee formed by the State government had inspected the plant and given nod to evacuate all the chemicals.

The chemicals such as sulphuric acid, phosphoric acid, gypsum, high speed diesel and other materials are stocked at the unit premises.

The district administration would immediately take steps to remove all the acids within 30 days complying to the necessary safety measures as instructed by the high-powered technical committee.

As per the recommendations of the committee, a district level committee under the collector comprising corporation commissioner, officials belong to the departments of revenue, police, pollution control board, fire and safety, and industry safety had been formed to evacuate the chemicals, the collector said.

As gypsum is mounted in large quantity, it may take extra time, he said and added that due to the absence of electric supply, diesel generators would be routed in for the evacuation process.

The district administration had already evacuated 2000 tonnes of sulphuric acid from the Sterlite Copper premises.

On Monday, over six tankers of sulphuric acid too were dispatched to the companies concerned, a source said.


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