Minister questions open handling of coal at Goa port
“We cannot support pollution anywhere. Anyone doing it should be punished in the severest way. We have to hit the root of issue, which is open handling of coal,” he told reporters.
Sardesai’s comments coincide with the weeklong environmental public hearings at the port facility in Vasco, 40 km from Panaji, for expansion of the coal handling berths 8 and 9 operated by Adani Ports and the JSW’s South West Port Ltd – a move being opposed by environmentalists.
The proposed redevelopment of the coal handling facility is expected to increase import of coal, which is currently 12 million tons to 51 million tons by 2030.
The imported coal is expected to help fuel the steel industry in north Karnataka.