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Mumbai oil spill: BARC advised against using seawater

The Indian Coast Guard Monday asked Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) not to use sea water for its facilities in wake of the oil spill following collision of two vessels off the Mumbai coast.



Mumbai: The Indian Coast Guard Monday asked
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) not to use sea water for
its facilities in wake of the oil spill following collision of
two vessels off the Mumbai coast.

BARC uses sea water for its two research reactors -- Dhruva
and Cirus -- for cooling purposes.

"We have asked BARC not to use sea water for any of their
facilities as it is polluted with oil spill from vessels after
a collision on Saturday," a senior Coast Guard official said on condition of anonymity.

"Sea water should not be used for cooling as oil spill has
reached the beaches of Alibag, Marva, Sewree and Elephanta
Caves besides Mumbai mangroves," the official said.

Meanwhile, BARC sources said the two research reactors
are currently operating and scientists are constantly
monitoring the water physically and scientifically before
using it for cooling.

Senior officials from Reactor Group at BARC were not
available for comment on account of an emergency meeting.

Two Panamanian cargo ships -- MSC Chitra and Merchant
Vessel Khalija -- collided off the Mumbai coast on August 7,
causing an oil-spill from one of the vessels.

Meanwhile, as a repercussion of collision
between two ships and oil spill, the seafood
lovers in Mumbai may have to abstain from their cherished food for
sometime as supply of fishes will decrease further with oil
polluting the sea water.

Fishing Association has been directed not to go fishing
as sea water has been polluted due to the oil spill.

"Due to monsoon the fishing activity has been stopped
and there is very minimal supply and with this incident the
supply of fishes will be hit harder. Marine life will be
affected. Enough operations have not been taken to contain the
oil spread," National Fishworkers Forum`s general secretary
Rambhau Patil said here.

PTI

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