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Oil Spills Pose Major Problem for Goa

india Updated: Jun 22, 2006 16:08 IST
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Constant Oil spills in the Arabian Sea is fast becoming a major cause of concern for the coastal state of Goa which has its economy largely dependent on beach tourism.

The state government finds itself helpless to tackle the problem.

The oil spills off-Karwar coast, which drifted along Goa's coastline after hitting the Karwar and Deobag coasts, is one amongst the series of coastal environmental disasters faced by the tiny state.

"There is no way to stop spillages. Spillage is either due to disaster in the sea or mischief by few international ships," says Anthony D'Souza, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Science, Environment and Technology.

D'souza, who is also OSD to department of tourism, says that the state government can act only when spill touches the coast. "What we can do is to clean the coast and dispose off the tar-balls without letting ground water pollute or harm environment in any manner," he says sounding helplessness.

The marine life destruction by international ships has become a major concern to the state government. "Some ships play mischief mid-sea by flushing the oil into the waters. They usually opt for bilge and ballast washing of the ship," says Dr L U Joshi, director, Goa state pollution control board.