The Central Railside Warehousing Company, a Mini Ratna subsidiary of the Central Warehousing Corporation, will use its expertise in pest control to take up a pilot study of the mosquito menace in the Kochi city area.

Minister of State K. V. Thomas told reporters at a press conference here on Tuesday that the study of the mosquito problem in Kochi was part of the corporate social responsibility work being undertaken by the Railside Warehousing Company, which had netted a profit of Rs. 200 crore during the last financial year.

The company had already undertaken work to establish solar-powered lamps in Varappuzha and Kumbalanghi panchayats. Soon, streetlights powered by the sun will also be established in these panchayats, said Mr. Thomas, who convened the press conference to announce the new initiatives by CWC in Kerala.

He said the corporation had plans to establish a warehousing facility in collaboration with Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore. The facility was being planned at the Cochin Division of the public sector fertilizer company. “Besides, the corporation is also planning to establish a warehousing facility at the Udyogamandal division. Negotiations were now on with the State government to get sufficient land allotted for the project,” he said.

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