50 per cent jobs for local in Pharma unit

Friday, July 15, 2016
Payakaraopeta (Visakhapatnam

The public hearing for establishment of Deccan Fine Chemicals (India) Ltd., at Kesavaram was held on the boarder of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari here.

The public hearing on Friday took place amid vociferous demand by the project affected people mostly fishermen to put pollution at barest minimum level and allotment of majority of the jobs for the locals. The unit comes up at a cost of Rs.1200 crore.

The management said it would expand the capacity for manufacturing of agri-chemicals and fine chemicals in collaboration with Mitsubishi of Japan in two phases in five to seven years. The company promised that 50 per cent of the jobs would be allocated for locals. It is expected that the expansion would generate 700 direct and 1500 indirect jobs.

The company’s Chief Executive Director D.V.S.Narayana said that the company would spend Rs.100 crore on environmental protection measures besides ensuring recycling of solvents and ash and round the clock monitoring for fire/smoke detection. A green belt will be developed in 76 acres.

District Collector Dr.N.Yuvaraj who presided said that he would submit a report to the government for necessary action based on complaints/suggestions at the public hearing. The villagers from Kesavaram, Rajavaram, Gajapathinagaram and Venkatanagaram said that they were not against the plant but recalled the experience they had when a reactor blast killed two workers in April 2014.

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