New Delhi, Aug 10: Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh said in Rajya sabha on Tuesday, Aug 10 that Mumbai coast, where transportation has been barred due to oil spill in arabian sea, will be cleared for shipping till Aug 15.
In a suo motu statement, Ramesh told in Lok Sabha, "There is no oil spill off the Mumbai coast. When I contacted the Indian Coast Guard, they told me that Mumbai harbour would be cleared by August 15 and normal transportation restored."
The 32 stranded ships would be start moving by Sunday, Aug 15.
The ship were stranded because of the collision between container vessel MSC Chitra and another vessel Khalija-111 on Saturday, Aug 7.
Though this matter comes under the purview of the shipping ministry, Ramesh said he was making the statement because of environmental concerns.
However, the entire salvage operation would take 45 days, he added.