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Goa CM demands strict action from Centre for those creating deep sea pollution

Panaji: Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant today said that his government will be writing to the Union Home Ministry, Director General of Shipping and the Ministry of Environment demanding strict action on those responsible for creating pollution in deep sea.

The Goa CM today held a meeting with Tourism Minister Babu Ajgoankar, Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral and Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) over the re-surfacing of tar balls across Goa’ shore. Tourism Minister Babu Ajgoankar said that the severity of the problem was more as compared to previous years but efforts were on to clean the beaches at the earliest.

“We have already directed to clear all the tar balls from the beaches,” said Ajgoankar The tar balls- greasy blobs of thick black oil washing ashore is a phenomenon which occurs every year with varying intensity.

This year the tar balls have appeared on many beaches in Goa including Miramar, Anjuna, Morjim, Mandrem, Keri, as well as the Colva beach in South Goa.

As per a study by NIO, source of tar balls that arrive after the monsoons was used oil, dumped in the sea by tankers that pass between the Middle East and South-East Asia. The tar balls that arrived in May were found to be crude oil spills from the Bombay High region.

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