Toxic Watch Alliance, an environmental NGO, has made scathing observations about the indifference of the Narendra Modi-led government in looking the other way as end-of-life ships from other countries, many of them carrying banned toxic and other hazardous substances, continue to be dismantled in the ship-breaking yards of Alang in Gujarat.

In a letter to Trinamool Congress MP in Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien, on Jan 21 , Toxic Watch highlighted that a Dutch ship owner which had been penalised in the European Union for beaching an end-of-life ship for scrapping in India remains unpunished by Indian authorities. O’Brien is the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture. Read More