40% of chemicals evacuated: Collector

Collector Sandeep Nanduri on Monday said that nearly 40% of the chemicals had been evacuated from Sterlite Copper plant.

Mr. Nanduri said that the chemicals were being sent to sister concerns of Sterlite Copper. A senior official told
The Hindu
that 5,032 metric tonnes (MT) of sulphuric acid, 432 MT of phosphoric acid, 59 MT of hydro-fluoro silicic acid, 18,077 MT of gypsum, 3,198 MT of rock phosphate, 34 MT of liquid oxygen and eight MT of isopropyl alcohol, have been evacuated from the plant as of Monday.

Nearly 270 job-seekers have enrolled themselves on the new website, www.thoothukudi.online, created for those hit by the closure of Sterlite plant.

Last week, the Collector held a discussion with representatives from various private companies in the district in a bid to help create employment opportunities. An official said that until Monday morning, 95 people had applied for 33 openings posted by 60 employers, who have registered themselves on the portal. However, nobody has received a job offer so far.

Information and Publicity Minister Kadambur Raju gave an autorickshaw, sponsored by a private gas company, to a man who was assaulted by the police during the anti-Sterlite agitation. He had suffered injuries on his shoulder and legs during lathi charge by the police.

Earlier, when Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam visited victims of the violence, while responding to a plea from the family of Mariyasiluvai Esther (34), a resident of Caldwell colony, he had promised to give an autorcikshaw as a means for their livelihood.

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