IIT, Madras to Assess The Oil Spillage in Ennore


Government of Tamil Nadu has roped in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Chennai to rapidly assess the quantum of oil spillage and area affected in Ennore Creek area. The experts from the IITM have started the work. They will be using latest technology Like Drones for assessing this work. The mitigation work is in full swing in the Ennore creek area and affected villages. Oil boom has been installed to an extent of 1000 meter to contain the spread of oil. In order to speed up the mitigation work, 103 boats and about 400 personnel have been pressed into service. This Notification was Published on the date of 14.12.2023.

Boats are involved in the suction of oil from the surface and transporting it safely to the shore. The work regarding the cleaning of oil-soaked debris from nearby villages is in full swing with 8 no of JCBs, 4 trucks and cranes for clearing of oil sludge mixed soil/sand in village areas. Till date around 40 metric ton of sludge has been removed and taken to the CPCL premises for safe disposal. Around 36,800 litres of oil mixed with water has been recovered. 7 more IFS officers have been deployed especially for the monitoring of this work. All precautionary measures are being taken during the mitigation work to safeguard the health and safety of people engaged in the operation.

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