Rampant smuggling

 
Published: Thursday 15 November 2001

large quantity of ozone depleting substances (ods) are being smuggled into India from Nepal and Bangladesh. This was revealed during investigation done by Environmental Investigating Agency (eia), a London-based pressure group. As per the evidences presented by eia, between early 1999 and March 2000, more than 800 tonnes of ods such as chlorofluorocarbons (cfcs), was smuggled into India, totalling 12 per cent of the national consumption. According to eia, India is facing the main onslaught from Nepal, which imports more than 400 tonnes of ods annually though its requirement is only 50 tonnes. Therefore, the rest is smuggled into India. Julian Newman of eia says that the smuggling is rampant despite officials taking stringent measures.

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