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Guidelines evolved for ship-breaking

By Our Staff Correspondent

NEW DELHI Dec. 12. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has formulated detailed guidelines for carrying out ship-breaking activities in an environment-friendly manner.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today, the Union Minister for Environment and Forests, T.R. Baalu, said the guidelines had been drafted in view of the potential environmental and health hazards posed by ship-breaking activity. The Supreme Court had also given wide-ranging directions to ensure safety of the workers and protect the environment. The guidelines and the Supreme Court directions had been sent to all relevant bodies and authorities, such as the State Pollution Control Boards concerned, including the Gujarat Pollution Control Board and Gujarat Maritime Board where the country's largest ship-breaking industry exists.

Mr. Baalu said the permission for berthing the Norwegian LPG tanker, `Hesperus', for scrapping at the Alang yard in Gujarat, had been granted by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, in consultation with the CPCB, after detailed investigations. At present, the trans-boundary movement of ships destined for breaking do not attract the provisions of the Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.

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