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French ship will not enter Indian waters: Owners
January 16, 2006 13:37 IST
Last Updated: January 16, 2006 13:45 IST
The owners of French warship Clemenceau on Monday gave an undertaking before the Supreme Court that they will not bring the vessel within 220 nautical miles of the Indian coast.
This 220 nautical mile-stretch forms an Exclusive Economic Zone.
A Supreme Court-appointed committee on hazardous waste management had earlier submitted its report recommending that Clemenceau, which has an asbestos shield, should not be allowed entry into the EEZ of India.
Advocate P H Parekh, who mentioned the matter, had submitted before the court that the Ministry of Environment and Forests has a different perception over the issue.
The committee report said the team will supervise the hazardous waste relating to Clemenceau.
The court was earlier informed that the next meeting of the committee is scheduled for January 20.
Amidst protests and concerns by environmental groups on the quantum of hazardous asbestos in the vessel, the decommissioned French Navy ship had set sail on December 31 heading towards Gujarat's ship breaking yard Alang where it was to be dismantled. Estimates of asbestos in the ship vary from 50 to 500 tonnes.