THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A study conducted by the Jananeethi Institute, a Thrissur-based voluntary organisation, about the operations of the joint sector Nitta Gelatin India Ltd. (NGIL) at Kathikudam in Thrissur district has sought a comprehensive investigation into the ecological damage being caused by the company.
The study report, released here at a press conference last week, has sought constitution of a high-power committee to assess the environmental impact of the companys operations from its inception and an expert medical team to make a thorough health survey within a 2.5-km radius of the company to study the impact of the sludge and effluents over a period of 30 years.
The company was originally set up as Kerala Chemicals and Proteins Ltd. (KCPL) in 1979 and was later rechristened Nitta Gelatin India Ltd. (NGIL) as a joint sector venture promoted by the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC). It manufactures gelatin, collagen peptide, ossein and di calcium phosphate, its main raw material being crushed animal bones.
The local populace have been complaining about rampant violation of environment safety norms causing ailments to many people in the area.