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Port activities polluting Kandla Creek: Study

india Updated: Jun 14, 2010 10:29 IST

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Anthropogenic activities at Kandla Port were contaminating water in its creek which could affect the marine sanctuary and national park there, a study by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, said.

A conclusion to this effect was drawn by a study on 'Influence of Anthropogenic Activities on Existing Environmental Conditions of Kandla Creek (Gulf of Kutch)' by NIO scientists namely PV Shirodkar, UK Pradhan, Dearlyn Fernandes and Sonali Haldankar, and GS Rao of Kandla Port Trust (KPT).

"The Kandla creek, a macro-tidal region in the eastern Gulf of Kutch is significantly influenced by anthropogenic activities of Kandla port located along its western bank," the study for which data was collected between 2002-2006 said. The analysis of data collected over the five years was published in March this year.

"Analysis of the data indicated port activities contaminating the creek water due to loading and unloading of fertiliser and raw materials, petroleum, oil and lubricants and the boat traffic," the study said.

"It shows the transport of large amounts of suspended solids, leading to siltation in the approach channel from Gulf
of Kutch to Kandla creek as well as transport of anthropogenic contaminants into the Gulf, can affect Marine Sanctuary and the Marine National Park," the study said.