New Delhi, Feb 13 (PTI) Irked over non-execution of its order directing a Panama-based shipping company and its two Qatar-based sister concerns to pay Rs 100 crore as damages for causing an oil spill off Mumbai coast in 2011, the NGT has directed the Centre to implement its order in two weeks.

The green panel on August 23 last year had directed the three companies to pay Rs 100 crore as environmental compensation (EC) to the Ministry of Shipping, and ordered Gujarat-based Adani Enterprises Ltd to pay Rs five crore as EC for dumping on the seabed 60,054 metric tonnes of coal which was being carried by the ship M V RAK.

However, the order remains unexecuted till date as the three companies are based outside the country and the government has failed to serve the order upon them.

Taking note of the developments, a bench headed by NGT chief Justice Swatanter Kumar directed Ministry of Shipping and other ministries concerned to seek instructions with regard to execution of its August 23 order.

“The Counsel appearing for Ministry of Shipping, Coast Guard and other concerned ministries submit that they would take instructions from their respective Ministries in regard to execution of decree against the Judgment letter.

“It is further stated that they would also find out the process and method and/or procedure for execution of the decree passed by the Tribunal in a foreign country. Last opportunity is granted to execute the Judgment and orders of the Tribunal within two weeks,” the bench said.

The NGT had delivered the judgement on the plea of a Mumbai-based environmentalist seeking execution of its order directing three firms to pay damages for causing an oil spill when a cargo vessel sank off Mumbai coast in 2011, damaging marine ecology. (More)

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