The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has asked the Mormugao Port Trust to immediately stop all construction activity at berth No. 7 for not having the necessary permissions and threatened that failure to comply with the order would attract stringent action.
The notice points out that MPT neither has clearances from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority nor NOC from GSPCB under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act.
Goa’s Environment Minsiter Aleixo Sequeira while disclosing this at a press conference, said it was only a “warning shot” to the MPT to stop it from indulging in other illegal activities.
MPT had reportedly sought NOC from the GSPCB on 10th September 2009 to develop berth No. 7 to handle 3.2 million tones of coal. However, the GSPCB had directed MPT to stop all construction activity on the berth until it got the required clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
The GSPCB had again rejected MPT’s application at its meeting held on 28th October 2010 for the same reason even though MPT argued that the development would reduce the pollution in the port town.
GSPCB will now inspect the site to ensure that MPT complies with its order, said Sequeira.