The all powerful Enviroment lobby of Goa backed by the Beach tourism
Industry has prevailed over North Karnataka power generation industry when Goa
chief minister Pramod Sawant said coal
handling at the Goa port will be reduced by fifth per cent from the current
There is no question of widening the National High weays or laying a doub
le railway track on the Konkan railways to faciliate movement of coal from the
Goal port to the thermal power stations situated in North Karnataka.
Chief Minister Sawant said the coal
handling at the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) would be reduced by more than 50 percent. Instead the port will introduce
alternative tourism projects including launching of a RORO (Roll On Roll Off)
CM ruled out
allegations of compromising on the environment
Speaking to reporters, he ruled out allegations of compromising on the
environment by approving projects like the expansion of a national highway and
double-tracking of a railway line.
Several NGOs and Opposition parties have launched protests against laying
of a transmission line through the Bhagwan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary and the
National Park at Mollem fearing that it would destroy the ecology.
“Handling of coal at the MPT will be reduced by more than 50 per cent by
introducing several other alternative tourism projects.
“The Shipping Minister will be coming to Goa next one month. We are
introducing the Roll-on-RollOff (RORO) ferry from Marmu Goa Port to Fort Aguada
and Old Goa (North Goa) in a bid to promote the Goa's tourism industry.