Now, Coal tar turns killer at Carnic

Port Blair
23 Jul 2017

Coal tar, an important ingredient used for road construction and visible wherever road construction activities are in progress, has now become a nuisance for the residents and animals of Car Nicobar in the Southern group of islands. Drums of coal tar in the warehouse of the APWD Division at Car Nicobar are issued to construction agencies for execution of road projects as per requisitions, but defiance of norms prescribed for heating to melt the tar for use and abandoned drums containing the crucial construction material has now become a source of trouble in the region. In an unfortunate incident on Saturday, a dog got trapped on the coal tar flowing out from the open drums left near a village at Car Nicobar and lost its life after struggling to free itself for several hours. Fighters from the Car Nicobar Fire Station rushed to the spot after receiving the information but failed to save the animal owing to lack of proper equipments and training to deal with such rescue operations.
“Several incidents have been reported in the past when domestic animals got struck in the tar and sustained injuries by the sticky substance. In such situations, use of kerosene or diesel comes handy. Many of my villagers here use the petroleum products to remove the tar from the body of our livestock, who get stuck in coal tar abandoned on the roads here. The authorities concerned should take a strong note of the situation and ensure proper disposal of used coal tar drums to prevent loss or injury to domestic animals,” said an angry villager of Mus. (EOIC)