Yet another petrochemical expansion project of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd – Kochi Refinery (BPCL-Kochi) at Ambalamugal – has been accorded environmental clearance by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change even as residents demanded the PSU oil major keep 500 m of greenbelt between the residential area and the unit, giving them a fair chance at sustenance.
“The expansion plan with an estimated cost of Rs 11,000 crore pertains to the manufacturing of Polyols, Propylene Glycol, and Mono Ethylene Glycol. The new facility will be set up at Puthencruz area,” a BPCL-Kochi spokesman told ‘Express.’
Meanwhile, Pramod Luckose, president of the residents’ welfare association at South West Ambalamugal, said this 70-acre takeover of land from FACT for the proposed phase of expansion will lead to massive deforestation in the proposed green belt.
“Several units are not adhering to the minimum requirement of maintaining 500 m from residential units and water bodies, making it difficult for local people to survive in the highly polluting environment,” he said. Read More