Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday asked Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) to submit report on the pollution created due to handling of coal at Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).
Sawant’s statement comes in the wake of agitation started by various NGOs and opposition parties claiming that the coal handling at MPT has been creating pollution. They have also objected to the widening of National Highway and double tracking of South Western Railway route claiming that both these projects were envisaged to help coal handling companies.
Sawant said that three companies – JSW, Adani and Vedanta — have been permitted to handle coal at the MPT. “JSW and Adani are transporting the coal outside the state for their plants while Vedanta, which handles small quantity of coal consumes it locally,” he said.
Sawant said that he has asked GSPCB officials to conduct the report on the pollution levels due to handling of the coal at MPT. He said that it will take some time for the officials to submit the report.
The chief minister said that the report will collect the data on pollution vis-à-vis current capacity of coal handling. “We have already assured to reduce the coal handling by 50 per cent in another year,” he said.