KIOCL to invest Rs 836.6 crore in Mangaluru


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Oct 11: Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd (KIOCL) will be investing Rs 836.6 crore for installing a 1.8 tonne capacity coke oven plant, a captive power plant of ten mw capacity and ductile iron spun pipe plant with annual production capacity of two lac tonnes at Baikmapady Industrial Area here.

In connection with this project, an environment petitions meeting was held at St Antony church hall at Kulur which was presided over by deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district Sindhu Rupesh. The meeting was held under the aegis of the district environment pollution department.

At the meeting, KIOCL officials explained about the project cost, employment generation, setting up of the plant duly ensuring that it does not pollute environment, and initiatives being taken by the company towards the people of the locality in exchange for the cooperation extended by them.

The company currently holds 166.16 acres of land out of which the new unit will be set up in 11-acre plot. 54.8 acres of land has been set aside for green belt. 511 people will get direct employment while 1,500 will get indirect employment, the officials explained.

People from Jokatte, Kudumbur, Kulur, Baikampady, Panjimogaru and other areas expressed fear of environment pollution on account of the new plant and also fear about infectious diseases spreading in the area. They expressed the apprehension about problems emanating from coke dust.

Dany D'Souza from Kulur Melkoppala complained that the locals had sacrificed their land for KIOCL in the past, but they were overlooked when providing employment by the company. He questioned the need to set up a plant that results in deterioration of people's health. Similar opinions were expressed by Renny D'Souza, Jokatte gram panchayat member, Rafiq etc.

Former corporator Purushotham Chitrapur, Dayanand Shetty Panjimogaru, Raghuveer Panambur and others insisted that locals should be employed and steps should be taken against environment pollution. Rajashekhar Puranik, district environment pollution control officer, participated.

The deputy commissioner said that the petitions handed over by locals have been received. She said that the demands and other issues raised by the people would be scrutinized and discussions would be held with senior officials and others.

  

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Sat, Oct 12 2019

    Industries not allowed else where are all coming to Mangalore. Not many people seem to be aware of the environmental destruction they are causing. The New Mangalore port has actually become a curse.
    Industries are set up on the pretext of this port. The only benefit the locals are getting is probbably the haftha to shut up, as happened in the case of MRPL decades ago.

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  • VISHUKIRAN FERNANDES, Kalasa

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    KIOCL is a environmental-friendly company which has a history of taking pro environment measures and controlling pollution. This plant will take Mangalore port to next level. Those critcizing should do proper research before complaining. We use plastic, burn things improperly at home, but complain against others

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  • Sandy, Udupi

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    KIOCL has that much money?!

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    That plant was set up by Romanian technology 30 years back. Inefficient technology in modern environment friendly regulations. So, what are they hiding with this declaration.

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  • Sunil Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 12 2019

    The process technology is from Swedala Canada though some material handling is from Uzinimportexport Romania. Proposed Plant is not a polluting entity.

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  • Dsouza, Mudarangadi / udupi

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    These kind of industrialization killing nature, killing soceity, killing mankind and killing environment.
    Now no one there to support peoples, culture, caste etc... No moral policing, no bajarandal, no swamijis , no politicians... No one... If stomach is full all will come up to disturb the soceity....

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  • VANITHA, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    we the nearby villagers already raised our voice and objected the developments. we are sure that as it is a industrial zone ; legally they can avail the permission. we demanded a medical policy such that the company has to provide all medical facility and compensation against loss of life for all the residential people who live within the 5 km radial area from this industry.

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    if you read political science there is something called as state terrorism or apathy.
    all over the world, excepting European countries, environment is not given any importance.
    It is only when they hold summits the leaders of nations speak about it. In reality it is just bullshit.

    Population of our country is a big burden. Now the industry has to move forward. Otherwise people will not get even rice and daal to eat. Very difficult times ahead. Hope the good lord helps you all, who live near the area.

    I live in heart of the city but still feel for my brethern of Mangagala ooru (it has literally turned out to be)

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  • Shoan D Souza, Sacheripet

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    People from Baikampady, Kulur and nearing localities fear of environment pollution...! Great 6th sense. But they can manage with a dangerous chemical industry at their locality.....!great envirnmentalists....!

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  • Vinu, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    This project will destroy the Serenity of Mangaluru.

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  • Bhakthas, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    Local people will get chembu... While hiring they will prefer people from the north...

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  • Meera, Mangalore

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    U silly citizens u r worthless, all we need is money 💰
    We will breath money, eat money, drink money

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    MRPL has spoilt outskirt areas of Mangalore like Jokatte, Suratkal, bajpe, permude..Now this new plant will kill many more nearby areas.

    Athi buddivanathara jille is so dumb that they do not oppose anything. Be it Yettinahole, projects like pumpwell, bad condition of roads, worst administration.

    Only protest will be for cow trafficking and conversion issues and love Jihad only if other community people are involved.

    and we will still vote for Modi..

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  • Gabriel Lewis, Brahmavar

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    They want to destroy the nature & serenity of m'lore.
    The coke dust will cause pulmonary diseases which makes m'lore unlivable 😢🙄😲.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Fri, Oct 11 2019

    Emissions from coke oven plants typically include carcinogens such as cadmium and arsenic. Nearby, please built a cancer hospital also. When it comes to environmentally damaging factories, politicians think of Mangalore first. I think, people better not allow it.

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