MPT Public hearing ends, ‘no’ to Mormugao Port Trust’s projects

TNN | May 6, 2017, 08.11 AM IST

Why burden a small state? If coal is needed in Karnataka, then build a facility in Karnataka.
 
VASCO: Union minister for road transport and highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari came under fire for his involvement in Mormugao Port Trust's (MPT) proposed redevelopment of berths 8 and 9 and the barge berth, on the eighth and final day of the public hearing at Tilak Maidan in Vasco.
 

 

Speaking about Gadkari's role in the projects, Abhijeet Prabhudesai alleged that the minister initiated dredging works without proper permissions. "There is big money involved and a thorough inquiry has to be made to bring to light the hidden truths about MPT's projects," he added.
 

 

Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha also raised her voice against MPT's expansion plans. "Authorities are using Goa as a coal corridor. Goa is very small and cannot handle increased coal transportation, either through road or railway," she said, recalling how, on several occasions, she had found MPT flaunting coal handling and transportation guidelines .

 

"It is high time we respect the welfare of the people and not just the benefits of companies. MPT has to show people that it can handle coal in an environmental friendly manner. No permission for more expansion be allowed," Saldanha said.
 

 

The public hearing came to an end with a strong consensus against giving MPT permission to carry out increased coal handling, channel dredging and redevelopment of berths.