Indian battery maker Amara Raja has resumed production at two plants in Chittoor in the state of Andhra Pradesh on May 8 after it was asked to shut down on May 1 by Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB).
The company announced it will closely work with the pollution control board to continue meeting environment, safety and health practices and resolve any potential issues.
The company reassured that it would meet its supply commitments despite the loss in operational days. The APPCB had alleged that the company was responsible for severe pollution in the surrounding villages. The board officials said presence of high level of lead was found in blood samples collected from the people in these villages. The company is, however, yet to assess the impact of the short term disruption.
Amara Raja had recently announced plans of setting up a greenfield lead recycling unit with capacity of 100,000mt. The company produces lead acid batteries used extensively in industrial and automotive industry.