Oil spill: Tamil Nadu govt seeks Rs. 135 crore from insurance companies

Oil spill: Tamil Nadu govt seeks Rs. 135 crore from insurance companies
Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami said he had met Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and sought Rs.75 crore as interim relief.
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The Tamil Nadu government has estimated that fishermen incurred loss of Rs.135.35 crore due to oil spill after two cargo ships collided in Chennai in January and asked director general of shipping to get funds released from insurance companies.

Noting that the fishermen of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheerpuram districts were affected due to the oil spill, chief minister K Palaniswami on Monday said that about 104km of coastal areas, including Chennai beach, were damaged.

Following the incident the livelihood of fishermen were affected in the region, he said at a function organised to distribute solatium of Rs.5,000 each to 30,000 fishermen.

“A loss of about Rs.135.35 crore has been estimated by the state government. A letter has been sent to director general of shipping to get the amount released from insurance companies,” he said.

Palaniswami said during his recent visit to New Delhi, he met Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and submitted a memorandum seeking Rs.75 crore as interim relief to the state for giving solatium to fishermen.

The oil spill in the Bay of Bengal occurred after two cargo ships collided near the Ennore Port on the wee hours of 28 January.

Nearly 5,700 people representing various agencies took part in the clean-up operation for 25 days.

 

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