Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has instructed the authorities of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) and Panjim Port not to allow the ships coming from Japan to release water in the State’s water bodies due to the fear of radiations.
After these instructions from the GSPCB, a huge ship which had arrived from Japan has not been allowed to enter the port jurisdiction and has been anchored at the outer port.
GSPCB issued the instructions after the State Director of Science and Environment informed about a communication received from South District administration that two ships which came from the Japan were likely to enter Goa.
GSPCB Chairman Simon de Souza informed they immediately directed these ports not to allow the ships to release water and added that they don’t have equipments to check the radiations in the water.
He further informed that the precautionary measures have been taken to ensure that the water is not contaminated with the radiations as Japan is already facing nuclear crisis.
“The ship agent has presented before me the letters from International Maritime Organisations which has clarified that there is no fear of radiations and there is no need to screen ship water,” he stated.
The agent also claimed that the ship has already released the water off-Singapore coast on their way to Goa and the ship has been refilled with fresh water.
De Souza said that the GSPCB will take the call on the matter only after examining the documents provided by the agent.