PM calls for report on Mumbai oil spill

Concerned over the oil spill following collision of two cargo ships off Mumbai coast, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday called for a report from the Shipping Ministry on the incident.

Updated: Aug 09, 2010, 15:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Concerned over the oil spill following collision of two cargo ships off Mumbai coast, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday called for a report from the
Shipping Ministry on the incident.

"The prime minister has called for a preliminary report from the Shipping Ministry on the oil spill," PMO sources said.

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

The issue was also raised in the Rajya Sabha where Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said legal action has been initiated against owners of the two vessels.

"Maharashtra State Pollution Control Board has already initiated legal action against the owners of the ships," Ramesh said.

PTI