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PCB to probe charges of polymer waste dumping

The Hindu, Kochi, 4th September, 2014


The State Pollution Control Board (PCB) will soon launch a probe into the charges that a Kochi metro contractor discharged polymer waste into the Chambakara river. “The PCB office in Kochi has been directed to submit a preliminary inquiry report in the next couple of days,” said K. Sajeevan, PCB Chairman, adding that stern action would be taken if the reports were found true. According to him, recycling of waste polymer is a necessity because huge piles of the polymers posed a threat to the environment.


The step comes in the wake of reports that the contractor agency for the construction of metro rail in the Vyttila-Pettah stretch under Phase-1, has been discharging polymer from the metro worksites to the river. However, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) termed the allegation as baseless and said inspection to the sites confirmed that no toxic material was being dumped anywhere. “Works on the Vyttila-Pettah stretch remain stalled in all but one location near the Kunnara park. Further, polymer used for piling purposes is nature-friendly as it gets absolved in the soil along with the piling process,” officials said. Allegations baseless, says DMRC.