//CPCB steps in to protect Kuzhikandam creek

CPCB steps in to protect Kuzhikandam creek

KOCHI: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will suggest a plan for the protection of Kuzhikandam creek in Eloor before the second week of March. The creek had been polluted following discharge of chemical effluents from industrial units located near the creek.

An expert team comprising D.C. Sarma, zonal officer, CPCB, Bangalore; and Jurgen Porst, senior advisor of German Technological Corporation, visited areas close to the creek on Monday.

The team also visited Edayar to analyse the extent of damage following pollution of natural resources in the areas.

Dr. Sarma and Dr. Porst visited the area following a request made by the State Pollution Control Board and the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee (SCMC).

The team expressed concern over the increasing pollution of waterbodies in Eloor and Edayar due to industrial pollution. They will visit the creek and Edayar in February before finalising the rehabilitation plan.

Meanwhile, the members of the Local Area Environment Committee (LAEC) requested the expert team to recommend that the State Pollution Control Board initiate steps to clean Kuzhikandam creek before the onset of monsoon.

They told the experts that the chances of pollution of the creek following discharge of toxic effluents from nearby industrial units are high during monsoon.

The committee also informed the experts about allegations that some of the industrial units in Kochi had been dumping toxic effluents in remote places in the district and outside