26 Aug : The Ministry of Earth Sciences noticed the ever increasing threat of pollution through sea like oil spill and hazardous chemical leakage due to unforeseen circumstances. During XIth Plan, development of oil spill models is being carried out at selected locations along the Indian coast. The model helps in predicting the trajectory and fate of spilled oil in the marine environment. The model output is useful in contingency planning for combating oil spills during ship grounding, accidents, etc. We are not in a position to develop hi-tech equipments for handling marine causalities and at present there is no proposal before the Ministry to take initiative to start research projects for this.
This information was given by the Shri Prithviraj Chavan ,Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs in a written reply to a question by Shri K. N. Balagopalin Rajya Sabha today.