Deputy Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde of the BJP has castigated the State and Central governments for “inaction” in the oil spill incident.
He has threatened to take to the streets if quick action is not taken and the fishermen are not compensated. Munde visited Navi Mumbai’s Karave area and Uran on Sunday to inspect the damage due to the oil spill after the two ships collided in the high seas a week ago.
Speaking to newsmen during the visit, Munde said, “This is the second biggest environmental catastrophe after the Bhopal gas tragedy. It will take not a couple of months but at least 4-5 years to clean.”
Stated Munde, “Neither the Central government nor State government seem very serious about this episode. Not a single criminal case has been filed against anyone as yet.”
Claimed Munde, “The Central minister found time to come to Mumbai and take stock of things, but Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is yet to visit areas like these which have been worst affected.”
Munde said the government should waive the fishermen’s loan amounts. “They should also be compensated for the loss of income for all these days,” he added.