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Ground study finds Mormugao Port Trust's flouted coal-handling rules

Coal News - Published on Tue, 19 Feb 2019

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ET reported that a ground report has revealed that multiple conditions laid down by government authorities to decrease the impact of air pollution on local communities and the environment at Mormugao Port Trust’s coal-handling berths have been violated. Ground-truthing, which refers to information collected on location, was conducted by the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, together with local groups such as the Old Cross Fishing Canoe Owners’ Coop Society Ltd, Baina Ramponkar Fishing Canoe Owners’ Society, Desterro Fishermen’s Association, and Goenchea Raponkarancho Ekvott (GRE).

The study found that coal handling at MPT’s berths 7 and 9 generate excessive dust pollution in violation of four environmental clearance (EC) conditions and other stipulations. These include violations of ‘consent to operate’ conditions at berths 5a and 6a.

It was also found that the wind carried coal dust to homes, offices and other buildings in the vicinity and that during the first monsoon showers last year, the balconies of homes in Chicalim — which is around 6km away — were also covered with layers of black dust.

As per the conditions laid down by the authorities, coal should be transported from a ship to the hopper via a conveyor belt, and then to the stacking yard. “But the coal is directly unloaded, sometimes on the berths and even from the ship directly onto the barges. It results in spillage into the water,” citizen Parshuram Sonuelkar, who had given his inputs for the study, said.

Evidence gathered by those involved in the study discovered that coal on the ground at one of the berths had resulted in run-offs and leaching, which contaminated the water.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 19 Feb 2019
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