DoE summons railways and power plant officials to explain oil spillNew Age Online
Chittagong Directorate of Environment (DoE) summoned concerned officials of Railway east zone and Dohajari power plant to appear before the environment court on August 4.
The DoE summoned them seeking explanation for the oil spill that took place on Tuesday noon at Kalurghat area in the port city, leaving the Karnaphuli river, its aquatic creatures along and its surroundings, in major risk of environmental damage.
Among the derailed six wagons, railway authority has been able to remove three wagons till Thursday noon.
Md. Jamir Uddin, senior chemist of Chittagong DoE confirmed that a notice had been served to the concerned officials. They were asked to explain the why the train wagons were in use in a risky condition, he added.
Jamir said they had visited the affected area Thursday morning and surveyed the damage done by the leakage.
If the Railway or power plant authorities took prompter steps, the damage could have been kept under control, he opined.
An official of railway east zone, however, while admitting the delay in recovering the wagons, said the Kalurghat Bridge was not strong enough to bear the burden of their rescue train.
‘We had to find an alternate way to remove the wagons which forced us into delay,’ he said.
He confirmed that so far, three wagons had been removed from the spot.
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