GSPCB notice on coal illogical: MPT

PTI, PANAJI | 25 September 2012 23:19 IST

The Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) has termed as "illogical" the order of the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) asking closure of coal handling activity at the unit.

MPT Chairman P Mara Pandiyan told PTI that the order issued yesterday suspending the operations at the port was illogical.

"The inspection team of the GSPCB never recommended the closure. We are surprised by the order. (What) the inspection recommended (was) that certain steps should be taken to control the pollution," he said.

The GSPCB had issued the closure notice as it found that pollution levels in the port town are going up due to coal handling activities at two berths of MPT.

The board had withdrawn the consent to two berths under Air and Water Pollution Control Act.

Pandiyan said that the MPT was ready to implement all measures to ensure that the pollution is under check.

"We will rectify whatever are the shortcomings. The MPT has decided to urge the GSPCB to withdraw the order. We will request the Board to call back the order and if they don't do it, we will have to take judicial recourse," he added.

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Mr. Pandian is either trying to be naive or ignorant about the pollution that is devastating the lives of Vasco residents. Where does he reside? And how does he travel to his office? Bullet proof car? Highlenroll union protected car?He must be residing in an air conditioned residence, using an air conditioned transport to commute from house to office and he must be working from an air conditioned office. So, how could he find coal pollution on the streets of vasco?

Mr Pandian, go out of your office. Roam the streets of vasco , Sada etc. you will know the reality. Then you will understand the reason for closure of coal handling by GSPCB.

Mr. Pandian need to acquire some management as well as PR skills and not rush to the press to call the action by the government as illogical. Mend your fences.

Until and unless all the recommended precautions are not implemented by MPT, GSPCB should not allow coal handling by MPT. Let then follow the rules. N. n n.

- Ratikant, UAE | 26 th September 2012 09:21


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