People of Ponda have also opposed the Coastal Zone Management Plan. They are convinced that all these are efforts to push coal transportation in the state. Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral has said he is ready to incorporate any suggestions of the people provided they are as per 2011 notification.
The hearing was conducted at Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir in Ponda on Friday . Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral, Ponda MLA Ravi Naik and a large number of Fondekars were present.