Mumbai: The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP) has expressed shock over huge quantity of
toxic waste lying in the premises of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port
Trust and Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT).
NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said, "It is shocking to
learn that huge quantity of toxic waste is lying in the
premises of JNPT and MbPT."
In a letter to chiefs of the two ports, Tapase raised
some questions, like how and when all this toxic material will
be eliminated and who is responsible for the accumulation of
such huge quantity of toxic waste and what action will be
taken against them.
"Why has this hazardous waste not been eliminated earlier
as per the standard procedure prescribed by the ministry,"
The accumulation of such a huge quantity of toxic waste
has posed a grave threat not only to the life of humans and
other living being but also to the flora and fauna, he said.
The recent collision of ships off the Mumbai coast and
also the chlorine leak has shown how vulnerable we citizens
are to the mismanagement of those in charge, Tapase said.
"NCP will not allow any person or organisation to play
with the lives of the innocent and will take up this issue to
the highest level for redressal, he said.