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Goa Congress asks Gadkari for written assurance on coal issue

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The party in today demanded that Union for Shipping give a written assurance that sentiments of those opposing expansion of coal handling by the state's ports would be respected.

The party's said such a written assurance was necessary since the assurances made by "could not be trusted upon considering his past track record" nor should it be taken as a "guarantee".

Parrikar had last week said that his would not allow the expansion of coal handling at Mormugao Port (MPT).

"The assurances and utterances of Parrikar are absolutely meaningless considering his past track record of going back on his word and making U-turns," Naik told reporters today.

He added that the assurance of the should not be considered as a "guarantee".

"Therefore, it is necessary that Minister and Mormugao Port give in writing that they will respect sentiments of the people who are against the expansion of coal handling capacity," Naik said.

Naik pointed out the Central government's ambitious "Sagarmala" project seeks to enhance handling of coking coal to 21 million tonnes by 2025 and 40 million tonnes by 2035 at MPT.

"The handling of coal and its proposed expansion at MPT is strongly opposed by the people of Goa, especially those from Vasco, due to the resultant pollution and health hazards," he said.

He added that in the backdrop of this, it was necessary that speak in tandem with the people's sentiments on the issue.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 17:35 IST