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Juhu beach goes through a sticky patch

29 June 2011

MUMBAI: Tar balls have rolled onto a stretch of Juhu beach, worrying environmental and civic authorities. At first sight, it looks like the grounded MV Wisdom is the culprit. But this possibility is ruled out as the ship’s fuel was drained out before it started being tugged away for the Alang ship-breaking yard.

Experts say the formation of tar balls on the city’s most visited beach is an annual phenomenon. It is caused due to the discharge of oil or petroleum products in the sea by ships. During the rainy season, monsoon winds make the oil ride on waves and reach the coast. “Oil leakage or deliberate discharge of used fuel by ships happens regularly at sea, but goes unnoticed. The pollution becomes evident during the monsoon, when winds washing away the (viscous liquids) leads to the formation of tar balls along the country’s west coast,” said Dr Shankar Gajbhiye, scientist in-charge, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Mumbai…..

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/developmental-issues/Juhu-beach-goes-through-a-sticky-patch/articleshow/9033457.cms

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June 29, 2011 at 9:26 am

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