Chennai oil spill: Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam visits Ennore to review situation
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Sunday visited the oil spill-affected Ennore and took stock of the clean-up operations.
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Sunday visited the oil spill-affected Ennore and took stock of the clean-up operations.
5,700 persons are involved in the cleaning operations and sludge removal work will be completed in a day or two, he said.
The Chief Minister was briefed of the ongoing cleaning operations by Coast Guard and government agencies.
He said over 90 percent of the clean-up operations were over in the affected districts of Tiruvallore, Chennai and Kancheepuram.
"The sludge removal work will be completed in a day or two," he said, adding, over 5,700 persons were involved in the cleaning operations.
On fishermen's apprehensions of their livelihood getting affected following the oil spill, he said the departments of Fisheries and Revenue were working towards ensuring their welfare and indicated at providing relief to the fishing community.
On 28 January, two shipping vessels had collided outside the Kamarajar Port at Ennore, resulting in rupture of one of them leading to an oil spill.
Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao paid rich tributes to departed Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, hailing her as an embodiment of women empowerment.
Oil spills have long-term impacts which require long-term monitoring. Given the lack of knowledge and our understanding of near-shore ecosystems, we can only speculate the impacts of an oil spill of such gravity.
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