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Fisherfolk's livelihood loss due Ennore port oil spill put at over Rs two hundred crores

Fisherfolk of North Chennai suffered a livelihood loss to the tune of Rs 203.22 crores due to the Oil Spill near Ennore port in January this year according to the  Interim report filed by the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department to National Green Tribunal.

The report was submitted to the Tribunal, six months after M T Dawn Kanchipuram collided with M T BW Maple at Kamarajar port Ennore on January 28. Oil spill which was seen in limited quantities near the Ennore port spread to South Chennai coast including the Marine beach and extended to Mahabalipuram beach.

Huge swathe of bunker oil contaminated the coasts of Chennai, Trivallur and Kanchipuram districts. At one stage oil spill moving rapidly posed a threat the monuments at Mahabalipuram coast.

The insurance companies have been persuaded by the central government to pay the compensation to the fishermen who could not go out to the sea for several months because of the oil spill.

The report said according to the directions of the National Green Tribunal South Zone, Chennai, a Joint Director of State Fisheries Department was instructed to hear and provide sufficient opportunity to the fishermen to submit their claims with necessary documents, evidence for seeking compensation from Insurance companies towards livelihood loss to them.

After receiving the report the National Green Tribunal directed the Fisheries department to submit a report on final claim proposals from the fishermen before the next hearing on September 12.

The vessel M T Dawn Kanchipuram has since been impounded by the Ennore port authorities.


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