Paradip: 28/11/817:The State pollution Control Board (SPCB) has issued notices to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) asking the state-run oil company initiate corrective measures like replacing the damaged ones with optical fibre underground pipelines to plug the frequent oil spill.
The oil spill following the cracks in the 11 km long underground pipelines has led to the contamination of water bodies on the outskirts of Paradip port city. As there has been recurrence of oil spills, the IOCL has been served notice under the provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 2003, said SPCB, regional officer Mukesh Mahaling.
The oil company has been directed to install optical fibre system of old pipelines which are passing through the port township areas. Such system could easily detect leakage points, said SPCB official.
Pipelines carrying petrol, diesel and kerosene were found to have cracked and ruptured at least on seven occasions since past two years. Despite directions issued to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to stop recurrence of such incidents, pipeline leakage continues to occur. The oil leakage has been a constant source of water pollution in areas lying on the outskirts of Port Township. Major length of oil pipelines are lying in close vicinity of agricultural land and water bodies where oil spills usually damage water, land and crops. That’s why; the oil company has been directed to launch ameliorative measures on war-footing and furnish a compliance report to the pollution board. If the company fails to do so, legal action under pollution control act provisions would be initiated.