No compensation paid for oil leak: Fishermen association



Mumbai: The fishermen's association here on Sunday threatened to move the Bombay High Court over the delay in distribution of compensation after the oil spill last year.

Two cargo ships -- MSC Chitra and MV Khalijia collided on August 7 off Mumbai coast, causing a huge oil spill from one of the vessels.

"It has been five months and we have not received the compensation of Rs eight crore that we had demanded for our 2,000 fishermen and 15,000 fisher-women. If the Maharashtra government fails to take action within 15 days, we will move High Court," said Damodar Tandel President, Akhil Maharashtra Machhimar Kriti Samiti.

Besides, the organisation has sought compensation for last week's oil leak too. The state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) had detected a leak in its Mumbai-Uran Trunk pipeline.

"We want the government to form a committee to ascertain the damage. We demand compensation of Rs 100 crore, as the breeding season is on and this leak must have harmed the new fish stock," Tandel said.

PTI