Glass furnace pipe bursts at Titanium factory in TVM, oil leaked to sea
Thiruvananthapuram: A glass furnace pipe at the tTravancore Titanium Products Ltd factory burst and furnace oil flowed into the sea here. As per reports, the furnace oil spread in the sea from Veli to Puthukuruchy.
The leakage occurred by 1 am on Wednesday. The fisherfolk, who were engaged in fishing in the sea, saw the furnace oil spread in the sea and alerted the authorities. The pipe was found leaking in an inspection carried out by them. They have blocked the leakage.
However, it is learnt that the oil has spread on a large scale in the sea. The Coast Guard is inspecting to know the depth of the oil leakage. The fisherfolk have been directed not to venture into the sea where the leakage occurred.
MLA V S Sivakumar and others carried out an inspection in the place. He informed that the fisherfolk cannot go for fishing for about two months as the poison spread there. As they would be in crisis due to this situation, the government should provide them help, the MLA demanded.
Meanwhile district collector Dr Navjot Khosa informed that the public and the tourists are temporarily banned from entering the Veli and Shanghumugham beaches due to oil leakage.