Note: ToxicsWatch Alliance (TWA) expresses its solidarity with the Kappalpoli Virudha Samithi (Committee against Ship-breaking), Azhikkal which is protesting against shipbreaking in
the Azhikkal area demanding stoppage
of ship-breaking operations till the study was completed. Legislators must support this struggle to prevent colonisation of the Azhikkal area by the shipping companies of the developed world.
ToxcicsWatch Alliance (TWA)
KANNUR:Alleging that the district authorities have given additional
time to the ship-breaking unit of the Steel Industrials Kerala Ltd
(SILK) to obtain licences from the Pollution Control Board and the civic
body, the Kappalpoli Virudha Samithi (Committee against Ship-breaking)
has decided to extend its stir to various parts of the district.
protest meeting was held at Puthiyatheru on Monday which was
inaugurated by Dr D Surendranath. Similar meets will be held at Mattool
and Valapattanam in the next two days, committee leader M K Manoharan
He alleged that the District Collector had failed to make
any effective intervention in the issue of environmental and health
hazards caused by the ship-breaking unit, and that he was compelled to
yield to the pressure tactics of political forces. Protesting against
the Collector’s stance, the stir would be extended to the Civil Station
“Prominent political parties like the CPM, IUML and
the Congress have been adopting an apathetic stance towards the issue
and it is suspected that the benamis of some leaders have links with the
ship-breaking industry,” Manoharan alleged.Hundreds of people took part
in the mass satyagraha held on Sunday.
Artist Mohammed T had made
a sand sculpture symbolising the men crushed beneath the ‘pollutant’
ships brought for dismantling. “The sculpture is dedicated to the common
men of Azhikkal who joined the protest and have been isolated by
powerful political groups,” protest committee member Shajahan said.
protesting locals including fishermen alleged that Azhikode MLA K M
Shaji, who took pride in being labelled as a ‘green MLA’, was viewing
the protest with scant regard.
The MLA was not available for comment.
Yet to Discuss Issue: CPM
CPM is yet to discuss the alleged environmental and occupational
hazards associated with the ship-breaking unit of the SILK at Azhikkal,
district secretary P Jayarajan has said. He was speaking to ‘Express’ on
Monday in the wake of trade unions, including the CITU, taking a
pro-SILK stance. “Since no one has raised the issue before the party,
there has not been a chance for the CPM to seriously involve in the
issue,” he said.
When asked about the alleged miserable working
conditions of migrant workers at the ship-breaking site, he said that
the agitators were not raising the problems of workers but they were
more concerned about environmental issues.
27th May 2014
The New Indian Express
The venue of protest against the ship-breaking unit of the Steel
Industries Kerala Ltd (SILK) at Azhikkal witnessed tense scenes on
Monday, following a ruckus between police and activists of the
Kappalpoli Virudha Samithi (Committee against Ship-breaking).
police arrested 26 activists, including Samithi leader M K Manoharan
and convener M Shajahan, who were later released on bail.
of traditional fishermen, fish merchants and boat crew joined the sea
strike called by the Araya Samajam, Fishermen Health Protection Council,
Azhikkal Boat Owners Association, Vallakkar Samrakshana Samithi (an
organisation of traditional fishermen) and All-Kerala Fish Merchants
Around 8 am, the protesters moved in country boats and laid
siege to the vessels brought for dismantling and asked the workers
there to cooperate with the stir.
“We spoke to the migrant
workers from Gujarat in their language specifying the occupational
hazards and they agreed to stop the work. We also asked them to ensure
safety precautions if they were forced to continue the job,” M K
The agitators who later laid siege to the entrance to SILK were arrested by the Valapattanam police.
an all-party delegation comprising leaders of the CPM, Congress, Indian
Union Muslim League and the BJP held talks with the SILK management.
The area witnessed tense scenes as protesters wanted the party leaders
to reveal the details of the talks which they allegedly refused to
The protest venue also witnessed heated arguments
between the police and the activists. Various environmental
organisations like GreensGa and Civil Rights Protection Council also
extended support to the stir on Monday.
Dr D Surendranath, N Prabhakaran, Karingalkuzhi Krishnan, Devadas Talap and others addressed the protesters.
The New Indian Express
The vessel-breaking unit of the public sector Steel
Industries Kerala Ltd. (SILK) at Azhikkal here has rejected the demand
of an action committee of local residents that the ongoing work of
dismantling four ships-for-scrap in its yard be stopped, pending a study
on alleged health hazards and environmental problems in the area.
action committee began its indefinite relay fast on Tuesday demanding
that the ship-breaking works be stopped, as it was causing health and
environmental problems for the residents of the area.
officials, however, said there was nothing to prove that the alleged
environmental and health problems were caused by the ship-breaking works
that strictly adhered to all pollution-control norms of various
The ship-breaking unit was under
the scanner in 2003 when activists of Greenpeace alleged that the yard
was causing huge environmental problems.
in the area are the victims of various health and environmental hazards
from the ship-breaking activities in the SILK unit,” said L.K. Manoharan
of the action committee. He said agitation was launched, as the SILK
management had rejected the demand for suspending the ongoing
The SILK unit management said that
nearly 25 ships-for-scrap had been dismantled at the yard since the
unit was started in 1984. There was no complaint about environmental and
health problems from the local residents and workers in the unit.
contacted SILK Managing Director A. Aubid said that local MLA K.M.
Shaji had proposed during a recent meeting of representatives of the
action committee and the SILK that he would recommend to the State
government to sponsor a detailed study on the environmental issues in
the Azhikkal area. The agitators, however, urged the unit to stop
ship-breaking operations till the study was completed, he said. The SILK
unit here has been out of the red for the past few years, as it has
been receiving the orders for breaking old vessels. The unit employs
nearly 100 workers.
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