Sipcot Area - Community Environmental Monitors

Sunday is not a holiday for polluters

Cuddalore, 28 May 2006: SACEM conducted two pollution patrols – one in the early morning and the other in the afternoon of 28 May, 2006, a Sunday. In their afternoon patrol, they were accompanied by visitors from the US, New Delhi, Chattisgarh and Kolkata. A five-year old child, the daughter of Durga Jha of Chattisgarh-based Dalit Study Circle, had to be dropped off outside the industrial estate after she started experiencing distress within 10 minutes in the industrial estate. One monitor too was unable to withstand the pollution, and dropped out of the patrol. “I can barely stand the smell for a few minutes; I don’t know how these people live here,” said Pranjal Goswami, a labour health activist from New Delhi.

 

The first patrol was conducted from 6:25 pm to 7:30 pm and the second patrol was conducted between 12:50 pm to 1:50 pm. The odour levels ranged from 3 to 8 on a scale of 10. During the first patrol, SACEM learnt about the accident in Pioneer, where a worker was injured after a fall in the 3rd floor of an unauthorized plant. To read more details about the Pioneer accident, click here…

 

Read the complete pollution patrol report :

Pollution Patrol I

Date: 28 May 2006

Time: 6:25 am

 

S
No.
Name
of the unit
Time
Wind
Direction
Type
of odour
Rank Health
effects
Other
comments
Location
of monitors
1. Arkema
Peroxides
6:25
am
SW
to NE
Kerosene
odour
3 NA ECR
road
2. Pandian
Chemicals
6:30
am
SW
to NE
NA ECR
road
3. Pioneer
Miyagi Chemicals
6:35
am
SW
to NE
ECR
road
4. SPIC
Pharma
6:42
am
SW
to NE
Rotten
egg
7 Stomach
rumbling, vomiting and suffocation
NA Road
to eachangadu village
5. Tantech
Agro Chemicals
6:45
am
SW
to NE
Nail
polish
7 Throat
irritation and headache
NA Service
road north of Tantech Chemicals
6. Omni
cast
6:52
am
SW
to NE
Service
road west of Omni cast
7. Asian
Paints
6:52
am
SW
to NE
Sapotta 5 NA Service
road behind Asian paints
8. CUSECS
5
6:57
am
SW
to NE
Faint
odour of rotten things
NA Service
road no 5 outside CUSECS 5 gate
9. Loyal
Super Fabrics
7:02
am
SW
to NE
Dyeing
chemicals
5 Throat
irritation and headache
Service
road no 5 outside Loyal Super fabrics gate
10. Shasun
Drugs and Chemicals
7:08
am
SW
to NE
Sweet
fruit
8 Eye
burning, suffocation and vomiting
Road
to Kudikadu village
11. Vanavil
Dyes (Name changed to Clariant)
7:13
am
SW
to NE
Burnt
rubber
3 ECR
road
12. TANFAC 7:20
am
SW
to NE
Ammonia
and rotten cabbage odour
4 Headache ECR
road
13. CUSECS
6
7:25
am
SW
to NE
NA Road
behind TANFAC guest house
14. Victory
Chemicals
7:26
am
SW
to NE

NA Outside
Victory Chemicals gate
15. Pondicherry
Alum
7:30
am
SW
to NE
Acid 3 ECR
road
16. Tagros
Chemicals
7:32
am
SW
to NE
Mint 8 Face
burning, stomach rumbling and vomiting
Loud
sound of pressure releasing in side the unit.
ECR
road

 

 

Pollution Patrol II

Date: 28 May 2006

Time: 12:50 am

 

 

S
No.

 

 

Name
of the unit

 

 

Time

 

 

Wind
Direction

 

 

Type
of odour

 

 

Rank

 

 

Health
effects

 

 

Other
comments

 

 

Location
of monitors

 

 

1.

 

 

Tagros
Chemicals

 

 

12:50
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service
road north of Tagros unit

 

 

2.

 

 

Victory
Chemicals

 

 

12:52
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outside
factory gate

 

 

3.

 

 

CUSECS
6

 

 

12:59
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

Rotten
things

 

 

4

 

 

Headache

 

 

 

 

North
of the facility

 

 

4.

 

 

TANFAC

 

 

1:07
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

Acid

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern
side of TANFAC factory

 

 

5.

 

 

Arkema
Peroxicde

 

 

1:25
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECR
road

 

 

6.

 

 

Pandian
Chemicals

 

 

1:27
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECR
road

 

 

7.

 

 

Pioneer
Miyagi

 

 

1:29
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECR
road

 

 

8.

 

 

SPIC

 

 

1:32
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

Public
toilet odour

 

 

8

 

 

Headache

 

 

 

 

Road
to Eachangadu village

 

 

9.

 

 

Tantech

 

 

1:44
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

Mosquito
coil

 

 

7

 

 

Suffocation
and headache

 

 

 

 

Service
road on the north of the unit

 

 

10.

 

 

Asian
paints

 

 

1:45
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

Sapotta

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

Loud
sound of pressure being released in India

 

 

Service
road no 5, behind the Asian Paints unit

 

 

11.

 

 

CUSECS
5

 

 

1:46
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service
road no 5, outside CUSECS gate

 

 

12.

 

 

Shasun
Chemcials

 

 

1:50
pm

 

 

South
to North

 

 

Rotten
things and public toilet odour

 

 

7

 

 

Headache
and suffocation

 

 

 

 

Raod
to Kudikadu village

 

 

 

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