NEW DELHI: Even as interested parties have approached the Supreme Court for clarification on its orders on shipbreaking safety norms, 88 ships have illegally beached at Alang in Gujarat without prior decontamination or requisite safety certificates.
The court, in its order in September 2007, had ordered that all ships being beached in India should compulsorily carry the "Certificates for Gas Free for Hot Work".
Even as these "dead" ships beach at Alang, various government agencies involved in the issue and the ship recyclers’ association have gone back to the apex court seeking clarifications on its orders.
Another clarification has been sought by the original applicant in the case, Gopalkrishna. The ship recyclers’ association wants the safety norms prescribed by the court in its 2007 order, which itself was a reiteration of an earlier 2003 order, to be modified and the norms eased.
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