Friday , 24 May 2019
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Coal operations permitted at port, but with riders

PANAJI: The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) Thursday withdrew the show-cause notices issued to the two coal handling units – Jindal-owned M/s South West Port Limited (SWPL) and Adani’s Mormugao Port Terminal Limited – thus allowing them to carry on with the coal operations at the Mormugao Port Trust.

The show-cause notices were issued on February 15 affecting import of coking coal at the port and its transport to steel plants in North Karnataka. The order stated that the operations had been suspended, as heavy winds were carrying coal dust to residential areas.

While withdrawing the show-cause notices issued to the coal handling units, the GSPCB, in its meeting held on Thursday, decided to direct the units to pay penalty in line with what a polluter pays for exceeding the Particulate Matter (PM), which leads to pollution.

The GSPCB has also directed the units to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the site for real time viewing of pollution control measures adopted by

them.

Member secretary of GSPCB Shamila Monteiro told reporters that while withdrawing the show-cause notices, the pollution control board has asked the coal handling units to put measures in place.