Three-member panel formed to probe furnace oil leak into sea

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 11 (PTI) The Kerala government on Thursday set up a three-member committee to conduct a probe into the leak of about 5,000 litres of furnace oil from state-owned Travancore Titanium Products Ltd into the sea.

'A detailed probe is needed on the matter as it has come to notice that the leakage has caused some environmental issues,' Industries minister E P Jayarajan said in a release.

A thorough investigation has to be conducted and report submitted to the government in 10 days by the committee comprising Industries department Principal Secretary, A P M Mohammed Hanish, Malabar Cements Managing Director M Mohamed Ali and KMML Managing Director J ChandraBose.

Various organisations took out a march to the company this morning demanding compensation for the fishermen.

According to the latest assessment, about 5,000 litres of furnace oil from the Travancore Titanium Products had leaked into the sea on Wednesday over a one km stretch.

Local fishermen had first spotted the leak from the pumping line to the boiler, which had spread from Veli to Shangumugham area and alerted TTP officials and authorities concerned.

Company officials said the leak had been pluggedwithin half-an-hour and the cleaning operation initiated with the help of locals.

The cleaning process on the beach is still on and the company's employees, including women, are participating in the drive, according to sources.

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