//SC panel divided on toxic ship

SC panel divided on toxic ship

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday will be hearing to decide if the French warship Clemenceau is to be allowed in Indian waters. The decison depends on the report of the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee (SCMC) and accoprding to CNN-IBN’s Ashok Bagriya the Committee is a house divided. For many Clemenceau is a huge enviornmental hazard while others see it as scrap metal worth Rs 40 crore. The debate has been so intense that even the SCMC has failed to come to a unanimous decision. CNN-IBN has learnt that seven out of the 10 members of the SCMC feel that the ship should be allowed in while only three of them are against the ship being broken in Gujarat’s Alang. In fact the Ministry of Environment and Forests is also supporting the ship’s entry and will be filing an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday. The ministry is quoting a study prepared by the National Institute of Occupational Health that says the workers are not at risk. Government bodies take a long time to prepare a study report but the National Institute of Occupational Health has prepared the report in less than a week. According to sources the effect of asbestos on the health of workers cannot be studied in such a short time. The Supreme Court will decide on Clemenceau’s entry into Indian on Monday but irrespective of what the courts decide the issue will continue to be a hot talking point.http://www.ibnlive.com/article.php?id=5254&section_id=3