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Activists slam Visakhapatnam port’s inadequate steps to curb coal dust pollution

Coal News - Published on Thu, 25 Apr 2019

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TNN reported that residents of the port city Vizag, particularly those living in the older part of the town and along the Beach Road, have been grappling with coal-dust pollution from the port of Visakhapatnam for decades, but recent initiatives by the Visakhapatnam Port Trust to bring down pollution are not quite enough.

Mr Sohan Hatangadi, a civic rights activist, said “The coal dust has been bad for years. If we don’t swab our floors for a day, they will be black with coal-dust. Whites hung outside to dry magically turn grey. Our eyes itch. We have inexplicable bouts of coughing. The port is trying to do its best but there is no end in sight.”

“Chaitanya Sravanthi, a non-governmental organisation, filed a suit against the port demanding that VPT install sufficient coal-dust control measures. The NGT ruled in the NGOs favour, and directed VPT to submit quarterly reports on the action taken to bring down the pollution.

The port handles thermal coal and coking coal import for the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and steam coal for other clients. In 2018-19, the port handled 1.85 million tonnes of thermal coal, 5.80 million tonne of coking coal and 10.7 million tonne of steam coal, which together formed 25.42% of the port’s total cargo throughput of 65.30 million tonne.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Thu, 25 Apr 2019
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