A leak in the pipeline carrying edible oil for a private company caused tension among residents of Nagoorar Thottam Pallam in Kasimedu on Tuesday. Maintenance personnel of the oil company were engaged in plugging the leak in the pipeline.
A senior official of the police said a private oil company had a pipeline for carrying palm oil from the port to their facility at Tiruvottiyur. On Tuesday morning, the residents in the locality found a thick orange-colored oil covering the ground in their locality and immediately informed the private company personnel, who rushed to the spot to plug the leak.
A complaint has been filed with the Fishing Harbour police station about the pollution caused in the locality.
M.D. Dayalan, a fishermen community leader, said this was not the first time that palm oil had leaked.
“Steps must be taken to prevent such incidents as the pollution will have a long-term impact on the groundwater and soil in the area,” he said and asked the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to test the soil and water in the locality.