NGT’s southern bench to now probe Chennai oil spill


NGT’s southern bench to now probe Chennai oil spill

The case pertaining to the recent oil spill off the Chennai coast, being probed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has been transferred to the southern bench on Tuesday.

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, directed the plea seeking compensation and seizure of the vessels which caused the spill near the Kamarajar Port will now be heard by NGT southern zone in Chennai.

“The southern bench had taken cognizance on 1 February. A public interest litigation moved by the National Union of Fishermen is already being heard and this plea will also be heard along with it,” said Kumar.

On 28 January 2017, two merchant vessels—MV Maple Galaxy, owned by Tokio Marine Holding Inc. and under charter party contract with Indian Oil Corp. Ltd, and MT Dawn Kanchipuram, operated by unknown persons— collided near the Kamarajar Port in Ennore, Tamil Nadu.

The plea filed by Ashwini Kumar through advocate Sumeer Sodhi in NGT stated “fish and all other aquatic animals have become victims to the widespread disaster caused by the two vessels as a result of their negligence”.

The case filed in Delhi was listed for the first time on 6 February while another case on the same matter was already being heard by the southern bench.

“Important steps need to be taken by the central government, the Central Pollution Control Board and the Tamil Nadu government to save aquatic animals from the widespread disaster,” said Justice Kumar. Read More…

Credit By: Infra Circle

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