Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has
sought Rs 3 crore from cargo vessel MSC Chitra for clean-up
operation carried out off the city coast after it collided
early this month with another merchant vessel causing an oil
The vessels, MSC Chitra and MV Khalijia-III, had
collided on August 7.
"We have sent a notice to owner of the MSC Chitra
claiming Rs 3 crore for cleaning up the coast after the oil
spill," Environment Secretary Valsa Nair said today.
The oil spill from MSC Chitra continued for three days
polluting Colaba, Raigad and Elephanta shores and mangroves in
Navi Mumbai. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has already
spent Rs 80 lakh for the clean-up operation, Nair said.
The operation includes cleaning shores, mangroves,
taking samples of water and transportation, she said.
The ship owner is ready to pay the compensation and
was helpful during the clean-up operation. The company owning
the ship imported instruments like hot water jet spray from
Singapore to clear rocky areas, Nair said.
"The shipping firm also called experts from Oil Spill
Response Ltd and the International Tanker Owners Pollution
Federation Ltd to certify the clean up operation," Nair said.
Besides causing the oil slick, the collision had led
to suspension of operations for a few days from two of India`s
most key ports, Mumbai Port Trust and JNPT.