Chhattisgarh HC directs Korba dist collector to investigate whether appropriate measures are being taken to manage waste cyanide at the Balco plant in Korba

Chhattisgarh HC directs Korba dist collector to investigate whether appropriate measures are being taken to manage waste cyanide at the Balco plant in Korba

Raipur: Chhattisgarh High Court has directed Korba district collector to investigate whether appropriate measures are being taken to manage waste cyanide at the Balco plant in Korba.

Petitioners Umesh Kumar Singh and Yugal Kishore Chandra has moved the High Court alleging that appropriate measures are not being taken to manage waste cyanide at the Balco plant in Korba.

The division bench comprising of chief justice PR Ramachandra Menon and Justice PP Sahu has directed the Korba district magistrate to submit his report in this regard to the High Court within 3 months.

Former Balco Associate Manager Umesh Singh said that the hazardous waste cyanide is not managed safely after emission by the BALCO management. This may have adverse effects on the environment and on human health. However, the management, due to their personal interest, is ignoring the adverse effects.

Singh further added that he had taken detailed study and information about maintenance and dumping of cyanide waste and its safe management in Rajasthan. He had proposed the same to BALCO management to reduce adverse effects of cyanide waste on environment and human health. A project worth about Rs 5-7 crores was proposed for setting up of waste management plant as per standards. However, the management did not accept the proposal, he said.

He explained that in the present situation, the management of BALCO itself arranges water from the surroundings because the water in the hand pump has been polluted and the management does not allow the hand pump to be installed there.

In response to another question, he said that in such other plants, the questions raised by them are properly arranged according to standard criteria. Only the management of BALCO has taken a very disheartening stance with the people and the environment for its economic benefit.