A new oil refinery, inaugurated on May 14 by India's Minister for Petroleum, Mr.
GV Mathura refinery (2 shots)
GV Flare, burning waste natural gas
GV Inauguration by Indian Minister for Petroleum Shiva Shankar; Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Arkhipov watching
SV Arkhipov receiving garlands from Shankar
GV AND SV Arkhipov and officials on tour around the refinery (2 shots)
GV Arkhipov with photographers (2 shots)
GV Refinery (2 shots)
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SV Secretary to India's Petroleum Ministry L. Kumar speaking (SOT)
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KUMAR: "The Mathura refinery will not disturb the ecology of this area at all. Many standards have been set by ecologists and we are confident that we will not merely meet the standards but we will be well below them. In fact, data of what pollution had been created by Mathura refinery shows very clearly that we are well below the stipulated specifications by the ecologists.
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Background: A new oil refinery, inaugurated on May 14 by India's Minister for Petroleum, Mr. Shiva Shankar, in the presence of the Soviet Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Ivan Arkhipov, could become a serious threat to the historic Taj Mahal. The Mathura refinery, which is due to handle six million tons (tonnes) of crude oil a year, has been built 64 kilometres (40 miles) from the white building located 320 kilometres (200 miles) south of the capital, New Delhi. Ecologists have warned that the sulphurous smoke produced by the refinery will turn into acid during monsoon rains and cause severe damage to the marble of the elegant structures. The Taj Mahal, built in the 17th century by the Indian Emperor, Shah Jahan, as a mausoleum for his wife, is said to have already suffered due to pollution in the area. The Secretary of India's Petroleum Ministry, Mr. L. Kumar claimed, however, that the authorities had taken enough precautionary steps to ensure that the refinery did not create pollution beyond internationally accepted levels. According to Mr. Kumar, the Indian government proposed to spend 10 million dollars on setting up treatment facilities and monitoring stations to record sulphur dioxide levels near the Mathura refinery.