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Jairam blasts local agencies as oil slick destroys mangroves
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Quote:MUMBAI: As the oil slick from the two ships colliding off Mumbai was found to have destroyed more than 300 hectares of mangroves and lapped the Elephanta coast, Union environment ministerJairam Ramesh tore into mishandling by local government agencies. On Saturday, he blamed them for the massive destruction saying it might have been mitigated if these agencies had the right equipment and expertise.
Ramesh confirmed the spill had spread deep into the mangrove area and said that India had never had such a massive oil spill.

The first assessment of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), after studying the impact of the spill, showed that more than 300 hectares of verdant mangrove across a 100km stretch of coastline had been completely destroyed. "It will take at least one year to two years for them to regenerate and we will have to wait for the next seeding season to see whether the mudflats still have the oil slick," BNHS marine scientistDeepak Apte said. He said it was best to leave the mangroves alone with minimum human intervention.

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