A day after Harshal, 14, succumbed to burns suffered in a fire in an agricultural field, allegedly caused by chemical waste, in Naganahalli village on Mysuru's outskirts, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) issued a preliminary report which found the soil temperature was 110 degree Celsius.A team of Board officials conducted a spot inspection and also found the pH (a measure of acidity and alkalinity) level in the soil to be 7.0; pH levels range from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral, below 7 acidic and above 7 alkaline.
Officials said that four samples of soil at the place where the incident took place, and five samples of soil from the vicinity were taken in the presence of villagers and the media. "The soil samples will be sent for testing to the Central Pollution Control Lab and regional lab of the State Board as well. The reason for fire and other problems at the spot will be revealed after the lab sends the report. The colour of soil is found to be ash brown. There is no specific smell or pungent feel at the spot," the report said.