Nitta Gelatin India Ltd (NGIL), India


Nitta Gelatin India Ltd (NGIL), one of the most successful Indo-Japanese industrial ventures between Nitta Gelatin Inc (NGI), Japan and Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) is a leading global manufacturer of gelatin, ossein, di calcium phosphate and collagen peptide. Incorporated as Kerala Chemicals and Proteins in 1975, the name was changed to Nitta Gelatin India in 2008.

See more...
Basic Data
NameNitta Gelatin India Ltd (NGIL), India
SiteKathikudam, District- Thrissur
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Waste Management
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Chemical industries
Specific CommoditiesGelatin, Ossein, Di Calcium Phosphate And Collagen Peptide
Industrial waste
Chemical products
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe plant in Kathikudam discharges around 90 tonnes of waste everyday to the Chalakkudy River.

Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Potential Affected Population400,000
Start Date1996
Company Names or State EnterprisesNitta Gelatin Inc (NGI) from Japan
Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) from India
Relevant government actorsKerala State Industrial Development Corporation
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersKathikudam Samara Samithi, NGIL Action Council, Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad, Jananeethi
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
On March 23, 2008, an action Council was formed with Jayan Pattath as chairman and Appu Kuttippat as gen convenor against the pollution. On March 26, a dharna was staged in front of the factory and inaugurated by Varhese Thoduparambil, the leader of Karshaka Munnettam, Muriyad. Since then Kathikudam has been witnessing protests in various forms.
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Soil contamination, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Health ImpactsVisible: Infectious diseases
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Negotiated alternative solution
New legislation
Technical solutions to improve resource supply/quality/distribution
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The movement in Kathikudam continues. The protest led by NGILAC has already witnessed more police arrests and long marches in Cochin and Thrissur.
Sources and Materials

(see also attached)

Kathikudam to Kalakundam - a pipeline distance to disaster
[click to view]

Jananeethi Report on Pollution of Nitta Gelatin India Ltd.


§id=edid=&edlabel=TOIKRKO&mydateHid=22-07-2013&pubname=Times of India - Kochi&edname=&articleid=Ar00405&publabel=TOI
[click to view]

Protests intensify against Nitta Gelatin Company
[click to view]

Nitta Gelatin India – a name to be reckoned with
[click to view]

Nitta Gelatin: study by high-power panel sought
[click to view]

Kathikudam NGIL plant: Police lathicharge protestors
[click to view]

Urgent action: Nitta Gelatin’s police protection for toxic sludge shipments
[click to view]

A Fight till Death, A Fight for the Commons – The Story of Kathikudam, Kerala: Parvathy Binoy
[click to view]

Protest against NGIL turns violent

Media Links

Villagers Agitate Against Industrial Pollution by Nitta Jalatin _ Janapaksham Part 1 (malayalam)
[click to view]

Villagers Agitate Against Industrial Pollution by Nitta Jalatin _ Janapaksham Part 2
[click to view]

Villagers Agitate Against Industrial Pollution by Nitta Jalatin_ Janapaksham Part 3
[click to view]

Other Documents

Jananeethi Report on Pollution of Nitta Gelatin India Ltd.
[click to view]

Meta Information
ContributorSwapan Kumar Patra
Last update24/06/2014