Chennai, February 25: In an oil-spill where many fishermen got affected Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy sanctioned Rs. 15 Crores to give interim relief on chief minister 69th birth anniversary of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Compensation will also be given to those affected.The CM sanctioned `5,000 each as relief to 30,000 fishing families affected by the oil spill in three northern districts Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur. Further, two fish markets would be set up at Ernavur and Nochikuppam at a cost of `75 lakh, said an official statement. Applications from the insurance companies are being distributed to the fishing families, and filled-up forms being received. Delayed compensation from insurance companies was a worldwide phenomenon during such accidents, the statement said.
Two tankers were collided which led to massive oil spill of hazardous oil near shoreline causing the severe damage to the ecosystem and the marine life. Ten days after the oil spill, close to 5,000 volunteers are struggling to clean up the Chennai coastline of the sludge. The collision led to a massive spill of hazardous oil and LPG near the shoreline "causing severe damage to the ecosystem in the area and which will eventually become toxic for marine life in and around the place of incident and further result in health and other damage to the residents of the vicinity. With an army of government staff and volunteers chipping in, huge tonnage of oil sludge was removed from the coast over a 25-day period.
The state-run Fisheries University has taken up studies off the coast and certified that the fish are safe for consumption. Fisheries minister D Jayakumar, has been consuming seafood in full media glare to allay the fears of people.