The Mormugao Port Trust on Thursday kept at bay a vessel loaded with 83,000 metric tonne Australian metallurgical coke after the Goa State Pollution Control Board took serious cognisance of the rising coal dust pollution.
The coke-laden vessel is learnt to have anchored in deep sea. The coke may be unloaded into other ships to deliver it to customer firms.
Highly-placed sources claimed that the GSPCB has stopped coal handling operations of two companies operating at the MPT harbour from Thursday onwards, factoring in the spike in coal pollution.
However, MPT officials clarified that there was no official word as regards the halt to coal handling activities.
A GSPCB team was supposed to visit the coal handling berths at the MPT on Thursday. But it was not known whether the team conducted a site inspection or took stock of the situation.
The coal handling companies had recently received several thousands of metric tonne of coal from two vessels.
The companies have been asked by the GSPCB not to handle more coal vessels for a week till the
issue of dust pollution is resolved.
The citizens of Vasco and surrounding areas have called upon Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is also Minister for Environment, to take stringent action against the companies for the coal dust pollution.