Chirac decision a 'big blow' for Indian industry

15th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

MUMBAI, Feb 15, 2006 (AFP) - The decision of French President Jacques Chirac to order the asbestos-lined warship Clemenceau back to France was a "big blow" that could cost thousands of jobs for the Indian shipbreaking industry, the man in charge of the clean-up said Wednesday.

MUMBAI, Feb 15, 2006 (AFP) - The decision of French President Jacques Chirac to order the asbestos-lined warship Clemenceau back to France was a "big blow" that could cost thousands of jobs for the Indian shipbreaking industry, the man in charge of the clean-up said Wednesday.

"It's a big blow for the industry," said Girish Luthra, chairman of Gujarat Enviro Protection and Infrastructure, whose company was due to remove the toxic materials from the vessel.

He said if work was carried out on the Clemenceau it could have triggered further demand from overseas for vessel break-ups to be carried out in the shipyards of Alang in Gujarat in western India.

"This particular ship could have given 300 to 400 workers jobs. Overall I am sure this would have given work to five to 10,000 people," he told AFP by telephone.

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