New Delhi: Expressing serious concern over the impact on the environment if the decommissioned France warship Clemenceau is allowed into Indian waters in its present toxic state, activists of Greenpeace India staged a demonstration in New Delhi on Thursday and demanded a public apology from the French Government.
“Greenpeace is here to tell the Ministry (of Transport) that the Clemenceau is nothing but a waste. It is full of toxic materials. The barrels which we have put here symbolise that Clemenceau is a toxic waste. It cannot be dumped in our country,” said Ramapati Kumar, toxic campaigner, Greenpeace India.
Alleging that the Governments of India and France had colluded over the issue, the Greenpeace activists also criticised the Central Government for giving wrong arguments in favour of dismantling the France warship in Asia’s largest shipbreaking yard in Alang in Gujarat.
Now, it looks like the French Government and the Indian Government have a deal. France Government is hiding behind the cause. The Indian Government is giving a wrong argument that it is toxic in cargos but not toxic in structure,” Kumar said.
“We would like to know from the minister that what is the difference between the toxic in bag and toxic in wall. Toxic in wall is much more dangerous than that of toxic in a bag. It would be harmful to environment and for workers who will dismantle the ship,” he added.
Greenpeace has also requested the Ministry of Forest and Environment to send the Clemenceau back and asked the Government of France to issue a public apology to the people of India over the issue.