Paradip Jan 29 (LocalWire): Hundreds of workers demonstrated in front of Kalinga Calciner Limited, (KCL) Paradip demanding the cancellation the termination order of retrenched workers and issue of gate pass faced by them here today.
KCL, a private company engaged in Paradip, produces @ 2,20,000 metric tons petroleum coke per annum.
It transports raw petroleum coke from petroleum refinery and converts it into calcinated petroleum coke to use in the aluminum plants.
It is allegedly a highly polluting unit creating both air and water pollution in the plant-side villages, according to locals.
Sources said that the concerned authority of the company has reportedly terminated five workers illegally who have been fighting to fulfill their various demands.
These include the alleged lack of safety measures, non-supply of gate pass, pollution and other related issues concerning the workers.Locals including workers complain of suffocation, eye irritation and afflicted from both waterborne and skin diseases due to the pollution.
Today, hundreds of squatted in a mass dharana in front of factory to press for their demands including re-instatement of terminated workers and to supply gate pass, and implementation of other safety facilities.
It may be recalled that earlier, five villagers led by Gopabandhu Parida of Udyavihar had sought the intervention of National Green Tribunal to check environmental pollution in this plant.
They had sought monitoring the ambient air quality, emissions and waste water discharged from the polluting plant at Paradip on last April’2018.
After realizing these issues, the NGT, Eastern zone bench in Calcutta had issued a notice to Odisha State Pollution Control Board and asked it to see whether the plant was given the mandatory environmental clearances.