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SC committee against French warship in EEZ

The report specifically said the decommissioned ship should not be allowed to enter EEZ, which is 220 nautical miles from the coast.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 23:57 IST

The Supreme Court-appointed committee on hazardous waste management has submitted its report recommending that French warship 'Le Clemenceau' carrying asbestos should not be allowed entry into the Exclusive Economic Zone of India.

The report specifically said the decommissioned ship should not be allowed to enter EEZ, which is 220 nautical miles from the coast.

The matter was mentioned before an apex court bench, which listed it for hearing on Monday.

Advocate PH Parekh, who mentioned the matter, submitted before the court that the Ministry of Environment and Forests has a different perception over the issue.

The committee report said the team will supervise the hazardous waste relating to the Clemenceau.

The court was informed that the next meeting of the committee is scheduled for January 20.

Amidst protests and concerns by environmental groups on the quantum of hazardous asbestos in the vessel, the decommissioned French Navy ship had set sail on December 31 heading towards Gujarat's shipbreaking yard Alang where it is proposed to be dismantled.

Estimates of asbestos in the ship vary from 50 to 500 tonnes.

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 23:57 IST