Chennai, February 7: The issue of oil spill of Tamil Nadu which affected the marine environment and health of local residents was taken up by National Green Tribunal in order to hear a plea within 24 hours. But the NGT today will continue to hear the plea on oil spill after the Centre asked to present the facts of the oil spill and measures being taken to clean-up the sludge.Ten days after the oil spill, close to 5,000 volunteers are struggling to clean up the Chennai coastline of the sludge. The NGT earlier sought the committee to oversee and monitor the clean-up process and assess the damage caused to the environment. The petition has made the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the Ministry of Shipping, the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary, the TN State Pollution Control Board as parties.
A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatantar Kumar issued notice to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Central and State pollution control boards, the Ministry of Shipping and the Tamil Nadu government through its chief secretary. The petitioners seek seizure of both the offending merchant vessels until their owners paid adequate compensation for the damage to the environment caused by them.
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," the plea said.