Conscious citizens from Vasco have demanded that Mormugao Port Trust and other authorities should not issue any permission to unload ‘naphtha’ from a chemical tanker which is awaiting clearance from the customs authorities.
A chemical tanker, containing around 3000 metric tonnes of naphtha-a flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixture, is awaiting customs clearance to discharge the consignment at berth number 8 of MPT. The chemical tanker is stationed off breakwater berth at Mormugao Harbour.
“Considering the massive fire incident near Varunapuri-Mangor Hill junction some eight years ago, the MPT and other authorities should not issue any kind of permission to discharge naphtha from the chemical tanker.
We cannot invite another tragedy to happen in the port town as already naphtha fire incident has claimed lives of several innocent people,” said Sunil Paradkar from Headland-Sada.
He further said that “citizens of Vasco know how dangerous naphtha is and giving permission to discharge 3000 metric tonnes of flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixture will mean giving invitation for another tragedy.”
All sections of people including NGOs, institutions, clubs, social organisations and others should come forward to oppose the discharge of naphtha due to the danger it poses to the people, he said.