Govt seeks experts' help on oil spill

PTI, PANAJI | 01 September 2010 23:47 IST

Goa government has sought the help of ocean experts to study the phenomenon of tar balls surfacing on its beaches.

The defence services have also been asked to furnish details of the vessels that crossed the sea off Goa coast hours before the balls appeared. 

Goa, which banks on its tourism on beaches, has seen unprecedented surfacing of tar balls. It touched almost all the beaches in the state. 

The worst affected stretch is around Colva beach in South Goa. 

State Environment Minister Aleixo Sequira said efforts are on to trace the "rogue ship" which must have discharged the oil mid-sea that has washed ashore. 

The state government had last night held a high-level meeting of officials from Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, National Institute of Oceanography, state pollution control board, tourism department and district administration to discuss the situation. 

Sequeira said the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy have been asked to give details of the ships that had crossed the waters off Goa shore 72 hours before the tar balls surfaced. 

The state''s beaches began turning black since Monday night and the tar balls are still hitting the shores.

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While experts have been called in we may be barking at the wrong tree. Tar balls do not appear in a jiffy and take time to evolve in nature. What our guardians should nbe doing is get our appararus in proper gear round the clock, since this is not the first time is recurring. The coast guard, indian navy and other para forces should be at the ready, or else 26/11 type unpreparedness would be staring in our face

- ludovico, old-goa | 02 nd September 2010 16:15

 

mr alex i have a better answer for all this. make a statement in the news channel that the tar balls have been spilled in the goan waters by some rogue states to sabotage the tourism season in goa by spoiling the goan beaches. BY THE WAY IT CAN BE TRUE

- justino, dubai | 02 nd September 2010 02:32

 

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