Oil spill off Mumbai coast a big disaster: Chavan

New Delhi: Terming the oil spill off the Mumbai coast as a "big disaster", the government Tuesday said it will not shirk from its responsibility and make every effort to clean the polluted water as soon as possible.

"We have technology. We will try to clean the water as soon as possible," Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan told reporters on the sidelines of a national conference organised by All India Management Association (AIMA) here.

He said the oil spill was "a big disaster" and the Centre was monitoring the entire situation "at the level of cabinet secretary" and is in touch with the Maharashtra government which is receiving all necessary guidance from here to tackle the situation.

When asked whether government was thinking to bring some technology from abroad to clean the polluted water, Chavan said, "We will not shirk from our responsibility. If we need to bring technology from abroad, we will do it. It is for the first time that we are facing such a big accident at the sea shore."

To a question how much time it will take to clean the water, Chavan said, "It is difficult to say. Early morning, I heard that oil leakage has stopped. We will try to fight the situation with the best of our ability."

Asked whether the government will bring the Nuclear Liability Bill in the current session of Parliament, he said it all depends on when the standing committee of Parliament presents its report on it.

"When the report comes, government will consider it and take appropriate action after that," he said.

Asked when is the Committee expected to submit its report, Chavan said, "Committee has a certain deadline given by the Chairman of Rajya Sabha. I think it is going to expire this month. But I am sure they are working very hard and they have looked at all aspects of the legislation."