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Goa govt opposed to coal handling at Mormugoa port on plea of pollution

The companies which import coal, mostly thermal plants through Mormugoa port have been asked to reduce their capacity by 25 per cent  Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar told the state assembly on July 26.

The stipulation to reduce the coal handling capacity comes in the wake of their failure to control pollution caused by coal dust the Chief Minister told the state assembly.

He said the state government would ask the Union Environment Ministry not to allow further expansion of coal handling capacity in the Coastal State.

The Chief Minister said air pollution in parts of Vasco old city has increased beyond permissible limits. He has therefore asked the Mormugoa Port Authorities to stop importing power materials.

The government's directions are very clear that we donít want pollution and that he will monitor it on a periodic basis he said. Pollution has been a threat to the tourism industry thriving in the state.


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