Oil slick off Chennai

A ship off the Chennai coast allegedly dumped bilge - a mixture of oil, chemicals and water from its engines - illegally into the waters. The waves washed the toxic mixture ashore, spreading it over a 3 kilometre area, posing grave risk to residents in the area, as well as a host of marine creatures. Photos: M. Karunakaran

very good

from:  gopi
Posted on: Mar 5, 2010 at 21:42 IST

I'm a local resident of the particular village. The issue was viewed by various authorities only after the media telecast the issue.

from:  Mahendran
Posted on: Jan 26, 2010 at 19:56 IST

So, what has the media done about this? Where is the news that the media have taken the environment minister to task, ask him questions and demand answers? What has the government done so far? It is not enough to just publish online slide shows, but to take the issue further to its logical conclusion. We have a problem in our country. Our judiciary is activistic and our journalists restrained, whereas it should be the other way round!

from:  S Vaidyanathan
Posted on: Jan 13, 2010 at 17:43 IST

This is an extremely harsh wake up call to all nature lovers and environmentalists that the state of affairs is quite deplorable in such domains. We not only pollute the sea water on a daily basis, but rub salt on the wounds by letting saturated chemical wastes straight into the sea to remind animals that we humans have no regard for the remainder of the animal kingdom. Laws need to be enforced if present, and formulated if absent, on an immediate timeline, so that such perpetrators think twice before using the sea as a dustbin and an alternate means of wastage disposal, just to save a buck using the normal waste disposal methodology. The photographs are extremely disturbing.

from:  Mayur
Posted on: Jan 13, 2010 at 14:24 IST

This is the state of affairs in India. An act like this going undetected until it hit the shores itself shows the failure of the systems in place. Had this happened in American or Australian waters, the perpetrators would be behind bars by now. It goes without mention that had it happened in a not-so-visible coastline like Chennai-Pondicherry, it probably would have been swept under the carpet by now. The ecological implications are huge.

from:  Sudeep
Posted on: Jan 10, 2010 at 07:29 IST

I was so delighted to see beautified Marina 10 days back, the counter part of it now is repulsive. It would be great if you could publish a report on what has been done after this so that it will remind such authorities that public and media are more concerned now and they must act...

from:  Avinash
Posted on: Jan 7, 2010 at 18:10 IST

Can't the port authorities find out the ship and make them pay for it? It really doesn't make sense that on the one hand the government is spending too much to beautify Marina and on the other hand letting these things happen just like that.

from:  prabhakar
Posted on: Jan 7, 2010 at 03:25 IST
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