Deccan Chronicle – Stop memo to ship breaking unit

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12 December 2014 - Kozhikode: A stop memo has been issued to the SILK’s ship breaking unit at Beypore by Kozhikode district administration. A team headed by deputy commissioner, disaster management and DMO officials yesterday held discussions with the protest members and SILK representatives and issued the stop memo after they found certain documents missing regarding the ownership details of the ship brought for breaking.

“We have given directions to SILK to produce the documents. They have told us that they will give us the documents and we will take a final decision after studying them. Till then a temporary stop memo has been issued banning any ship breaking activity at the unit,” Deputy Collector, disaster management, K V Muraleedharan told DC. Meanwhile, the SILK authorities claimed that vested interests are trying to raise baseless allegations against the unit and are not coming forward to check the facilities available at the unit.

The public living in the area have raised issues of environmental pollution and health hazards caused by the unit and had complained to the district administration.