'Blue Lady': SC notice to Centre
by The Times of India (India)
13 May 2006 (New Delhi, India) –
One of world's longest ocean liner SS Norway, heading towards Alang Shipbreaking Yard in Gujarat carrying three times the toxic waste of Clemenceau, came under the Supreme Court's radar on Thursday.
A Bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and Markanday Katju issued notices to the Centre and Gujarat Maritime Board seeking their response on an application by environmentalist Gopal Krishna seeking a direction to the authorities to stop the ship from entering India's territorial waters.
The environmentalist sought on order similar to that passed by the apex court restraining decommissioned French warship Clemenceau from entering the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) waters. Immediately thereafter, French president Jaques Chirac had ordered the return of the warship.
Appearing for the Centre, additional solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam said he has already written to concerned authorities, after receiving a letter from counsel Sanjay Parikh, to take necessary steps.
The Bench referred the environmentalist's application to the Committee of Technical Experts engaged in evaluating the infrasructural capability of the Alang Shipbreaking Yard to deal with scrapping of such large ships carrying huge toxic waste hazardous to nature and health of the workers.
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