The Supreme Court had ordered construction of KLC to shift tanneries from the Tiljala-Topsia-Tangra area after environmentalist M C Mehta moved the apex court in 1985. The project report on effluent transportation from the tanneries to the treatment plants at the complex were to be done as per the guidelines stipulated by United Nations. Non-corrosive and long-lasting HDPE pipelines were to be laid to transport the toxic effluents.

But, the tanners’ association recently found that there were no HDPE pipelines. Instead, brick sewer and RCC pipelines were found. A report had earlier pointed to the anomaly.

“This is cheating and misappropriation of funds. Both the central and state governments contributed in equal proportions in the Rs 19.52-crore (US$3.1 million) pipeline project. We filed a case against M L Dalmiya & Co. and its five directors, including Jagmohan Dalmiya, on April 13,” said association General Secretary Imran Ahmed Khan. “Police visited the site to conduct a probe and turned the complaint into an FIR (no. 90/15),” he added.

West Bengal Police Anuj Sharma confirmed that a case had been registered.

Source: Times of India