No legal action taken against crashed oil tanker authority yet: Minister
26 February 2015, Nirapad News: No legal action has been taken yet against the owner and crew of OT Southern Star-7 that crashed with 3.57 lakhs litters of oil in the Shela River of the Sundarbans in December last.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan on Wednesday said this in Parliament replying to a tabled starred question from Habibur Rahman Mollah (Dhaka-5).
“The probe body formed by the government following the river accident is still working. If the allegation of negligence of the tanker owners and crew is found in the probe, legal action will be taken against the accused persons,” the minister told the House.
In reply to another tabled question from Begum Quazi Rosy, Shajahan Khan said water vessels will ply the Shela river till June next.
According to a decision of inter-ministerial meeting, the alternative river route Mongla-Ghashiakhali Channel is scheduled to be opened to vessel movement dredging the channel by June next, he added.
“We hope it’ll be possible to complete the dredging work by June next. The Mongla-Ghashiakhali channel will be open for river vessel movement and the Shela River will be restricted for vessel movement,” he said.
On December 9, 2014, the oil tanker crashed in the river at Joymonigol under the East Zone of the Sundarbans, threatening the wildlife in the UNESCO World Heritage site.