Wheels India responds, denies polluting Chennai

Wheels India responds, denies polluting Chennai

The company says it's not responsible for the industrial waste in Korattur area.

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  • Last Updated: February 6, 2008, 4:02 PM IST
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A recent citizen journalist report revealed how a residential colony in Chennai battles disease and water pollution everyday [Watch story]. After seeing the CJ report on CNN-IBN, Wheels India Limited’s Vice President (HR) V K Subramanian wrote to us explaining that no effluent or sewage is being pumped out of the TVS Group of Companies.

Here we reproduce the letter sent to us:

Dear Sir,

We understand that you have telecast on 02 February 2008 at around 9.30 pm, a story on a representation made by citizens living in Chennai’s Korattur Agraharam area. We at Wheels India are presenting you with the following facts, as we are not letting out any sewage water nor are we blocking the storm water drain system.

The suburban railway track running through Villivakkam, Korattur and Ambattur is provided with an unlined storm water canal — which runs from from Ambattur to Korattur — on the southern side of the track. The outlet from this canal is through culverts under the railway tracks. The culverts on north side join Retteri and on the east side to erstwhile Lake Villivakkam, along unlined canals on the north of the railway track.

The untreated sewage from Korattur Housing Board and effluents from some of the industrial units in Ambattur SIPCOT are drained into the canal, thus polluting the drain. There are no effluents or sewage pumped out of Wheels India or any of the TVS Group Companies.

During the construction of a flyover at Padi junction, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) provided an alternate entry for Wheels India to decongest the traffic during construction and built a culvert in the year 2005 across the western side of the Inner Ring Road canal as part of the project.

The culvert ramp at the entrance of the company is four feet lower than the culvert at the suburban rail track. Hence, contrary to opinion, there is no possibility of the culvert at the entrance of the company blocking the flow.

We trust the position is clear. Should you require any clarification, please advise.

Thanking you.

Yours faithfully,

For Wheels India Limited

V K Subramanian

Vice President (HR)

Wheels India Limited

Padi, Chennai 600 050

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