Green activists rap state for not being proactive
City environmentalists slammed the state government for its laidback reaction to the oil spill from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) feeder pipeline about 80 km from Mumbai on Friday.
Till Friday evening, the state environment ministry had not participated in containing the spill because it took place “outside its territorial jurisdiction”.
Green campaigners said the least the government could do it is be “proactive” when such incidents occur. “The disaster management control room should mobilise its resources instead of waiting for the slick to hit the coast,” said Debi Goenka, convener, Bombay Environmental Action Group, a city-based environmental organisation.
He added that simple measures such deploying boom floats and dry grass could be done immediately to protect the coast.
The state pollution control regulator said there was no need for a contingency plan because the leak took place in the deep sea and it was a “minor incident”.
“The leakage is approximately 40-45 metric tonnes as compared to the oil spillage in August last year when about 600 metric tonnes leaked into the sea,” said Yashwant Sontake, regional officer, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.
Environmentalists claimed that the government is making “handsome” investment in expanding oil supplies but little effort has been made to augment safety measures.
“This is not the first or the last such incident. It is symptomatic that the government keeps investing in increasing capacity but does little to improve safety,” said environmentalist Bittu Sehgal. He added that as a member of the environmental committee that cleared the formation of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust he had moved a dissent note against increasing capacity of the port.
Family members of a minor girl, who died about four days back in Diha village of Karchanna in trans-Yamuna area of Prayagraj, stayed with the body at home and tried to revive her through sorcery, police said. They said four siblings of the deceased were found to be sick as they didn't take any food for the past four days as part of some ritual.
Kolkata/Siliguri: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee consolidated her position on Wednesday when the Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha, which she describes as a friendly party, won the elections to the Gorkha Territorial Administration while the Trinamool Congress swept 19 of the 22 village panchayats under the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad in north Bengal and four of the six municipal wards in the districts of North 24 Parganas, Hooghly and Purulia. Independent nominees wrested the remaining five.
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Delhi logged 1,109 Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 5.87 per cent and one fatality, according to data shared by the health department here on Wednesday. Delhi had reported less than 1,000 single-day infections in the last two days. Wednesday's cases were detected out of 18,886 tests conducted the previous day. With the fresh infections, Delhi's case tally climbed to 19,34,009. The death toll due to the infection rose to 26,261.
A surface of service road near the Nitin Company signal along Eastern Express Highway in Thane caved in on Wednesday, making a four-foot wide by 1.50-foot deep pit when a tempo drove on it. The front tires of the vehicle were stuck in the caved-in road for about 20 minutes before the disaster management team arranged for a crane to remove it.