A delegation comprising Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Girish Chodankar, party legislators and office bearers will meet Mormugao Port Trust chairman Dr E Ramesh Kumar on February 18, to request him to handle ‘Green Cargo’ at the port berths, which would help to eliminate pollution caused by the ‘dirty cargo’ in Vasco.
Addressing a press conference in Vasco on Saturday, the GPCC vice president said that “GPCC president Chodankar, GPCC women wing president Pratima Coutinho, leader of opposition Babu Kavlekar, party legislators and other office bearers have decided to meet the MPT chairman Dr Kumar on February 18 at the administrative office of the MPT, located at Headland Sada and request him to handle ‘Green Cargo’ in order to eliminate the pollution caused by the various dirty cargos, including coal, wood chips, bauxite, gypsum and others, handled by the MPT at its berths.”
He maintained that the MPT could make profit by handling ‘clean’ cargo.
“The GSPCB should take their own decision without bowing down to the pressure of the state government,” said Amonkar.
He recalled that GSPCB had earlier withdrawn the consent of the JSW after they found excessive handling of coal beyond the given limit, but few months later, the GSPCB granted a fresh consent to JSW to handle coal.
He demanded that the state government should come clear on their stand over the coal dust pollution and how much the locals benefit from the handing of the coal cargo.
Meanwhile, the Congress has decided to hold a silent march and stage demonstration on February 21 at 11 am to draw the attention of the state government and the GSPCB over the strong concern raised by the residents of Vasco on coal dust