Kohinoor Industries has clarified that it is setting up a fish freezing unit and not a fishmeal plant at Bellampalli in Kukkehalli village of Udupi taluk.

The clarification comes in response to a press meet held here on December 14 by some people of Kukkehalli village alleging pollution by the unit.

In a press release issued here on Thursday, managing director of the company Manohar Kumar said vested interests were spreading canards about his unit. He was establishing a fish freezing unit, where fresh fish would be frozen and exported. Hence, the question of cutting or cleaning fish did not arise. There was no question of any stench coming out of it.

Reports appearing in newspapers that the unit was polluting the rivulet, contaminating wells, and creating stench in the village were misleading, he said.