Bhubaneswar, August 17 (LocalWire) The state government on Saturday faced an embarrassing situation as officials expressed opposite opinions over the issue of possible oil leakage from a Malaysian cargo ship anchored at Rajhans near Chilika lake on August 7.
Chilika Development Authority head Susant Nanda said there was no imminent threat due to Mayaisian cargo ship as the ship is getting repaired and Puri district collector is updated about situation time to time.
Meanwhile, state forest and environment secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said the Malaysian ship with nearly 30,000 litre of fuel oil is a danger to largest brackish water lake Chilika and its entire ecosystem.
The ship had developed a technical glitch after getting caught in the high tidal wave and storm in the sea and is anchored near Rajhans.
It then skid off 18 degree from its path and landed in Chilika lake on August 7.
After the Indian Coastguards inspected the site, the ship hiring agency of Vishakhapatanam was intimated.
The shipping agency has already despatched a team to repair the ship and it expected that within 10 days the work will get completed.
The ship was carrying iron ore and some other minerals from Malaysia and had unloaded its shipment in Bangladesh and was on its way to Visakhapatnam.
It has ten crew members including seven Malaysians, two Filipinos, and an Indian.