Handling of highly polluting coal at the Marmugao port has become the bone of contention between
the ruling BJP and opposition Congress in Goa, a state which thrives on Eco
friendly beach tourism.
As the political battle reached a crescendo
between the two main political groups, Goa government came out an announcement
last week that Coal handling at the Marmugoa Port will be reduced by fifty per
parties opposing three projects
The Opposition parties and several activists have been opposing three
projects in the coastal state, including expansion of a National Highway and
Doubling of a railway line by South Western Railway, alleging that they were
being executed to help multinationals transport coal from MPT to neighbouring
political battle over coal handling at the local port
As part of the ongoing political battle over coal handling at the local
port, Congress leader Digambar Kamat asked Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to
prove the allegation that he had enhanced the coal handling capacity at
Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) during his tenure in office.
Last week Chief Minister Sawant had accused Kamat of granting permission
for the expansion of coal handling capacity at MPT twice during the latter's tenure
as the chief minister between 2007-12.
against him were false said Opposition Leader
Speaking to reporters here, the Congress leader said, "Let them show
at least one document signed by me during my tenure as the chief minister permitting
the expansion of coal handling capacity at MPT. Keeping documents in the pocket
and making allegations does not serve any purpose. " The Leader of
Opposition said the allegations leveled against him were false.
The chief minister had stated that "it was the Congress-led government
in 2011 that had allowed the expansion of coal handling capacity at
MPT". "The Goa Pollution
Control Board gave environment clearance for the expansion of coal handling twice,"