Business Standard – NHRC issues notices over Alang Port gas leakage mishap

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11 July 2014 - The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that a gas leak happened on the 28th June, 2014 at Alang Ship Breaking Port in Gujarat in which five persons were killed and many more were injured.

Reportedly, the Alang Port is one of the largest ship breaking port in the World and most of the ships which are brought to this port may have large quantities of gas, arsenic and other hazardous materials that can cause severe damage to mankind as well as environment around.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the people engaged in the hazardous ship breaking work. It has issued a notice to the Secretary, Union Ministry of Shipping and Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat calling for factual reports within two weeks.

The news clippings were referred by the President, Mission Bharatiyam, an NGO requesting Commission’s intervention.