Bharath Petroleum Corporation Limited (Kochi Refinery) and, Binani Zinc Limited, Ernakulam, shared the State award for excellence in pollution control by very large industries in Kerala this year.

The award for excellence among large industries went to United Breweries, Kanjikode, Palakkad. Kochi Minerals and Rutile Limited, Ernakulam, and Victory Granite Metal, Thrissur, won the awards for medium and small industries respectively. Malabar Institute of Medical Sciences Limited, Kozhikode, bagged the award for excellence among large hospitals.

Minister for Health and Social Welfare P. K. Sreemathy, who announced the awards here on Thursday, said that the institutions were chosen for the awards considering their achievements in conserving the environment.

She also announced prizes for industries, hospitals, hotels and local bodies for pollution control. The awards will be presented at a function to be held on the World Environment Day (June 5) in Thrissur.