Oil spill contingency plan be activated at Mumbai coast: NCP
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 22:55
  
Mumbai: NCP today demanded that the plan for implementation and co-ordination of oil spill response activities in the event of such incidents at sea be activated at the earliest.

Addressing a press conference, state unit spokesman Prakash Binsale said the notice for promulgation of the National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan was made in 1996 by Directorate of Operations, Coast Guard.

He said Coast Guard had identified Bharat Petroleum as the nodal agency from the oil industry side, for co-ordination and funding as well as establishing and running the oil spill response set up in Mumbai port.

Bharat Petroleum drafted an MoU to be executed between the oil and chemical companies and the Mumbai Port Trust for implementation of the plan.

Binsale, a former Trustee of the Mumbai Port Trust, said when the documents were furnished to the Trust, it was realised that the analysis, plan and draft MoU were not in tandem with the requirements of the Port Trust's.

After detailed discussions with the Coast Guard, Bharat Petroleum and other agencies, the Port Trust modified the draft MoU and forwarded it to the Coast Guard and Bharat Petroleum for execution, he said.

Coast Guard requested to exclude them as signatory. Since, Coast Guard was a central co-ordinating authority, their request was considered while defining their role in the MoU.

However, Bharat Petroleum has not provided its concurrence as they want their role to be diluted by insisting on the inclusion of all other Oil/chemical companies/users, which if accepted by the Port Trust would absolve Bharat Petroleum of being the sole coordinator, thereby transferring their responsibility to the Mumbai Port Trust.

Binsale said since Bharat Petroleum has not accepted the draft MoU, the execution of the same has remained.

He demanded that the MoU be agreed upon and a group of ministers of the Centre be set up to monitor the implementation of the contingency plan.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010, 22:55


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