Justice R M Borde and Justice Prithviraj K Chavan were hearing a petition filed by NGO Goa Foundation and five others, seeking an order for permanent closure of operations of coal and coke handling at the port.
Mormugao Port’s race to meet its coal targets, say Goans, has bypassed environmental concerns and their very way of life. From Vasco in the far west to Anmod on the Karnataka border, Smita Nair and photographer Amit Chakravarty traverse the coal trail to tell the stories
In a seven-part investigation into the transport of coal by rail, road and water across Goa, The Indian Express had found that JSW Group has been exceeding its import capacity since 2012, getting 10.11 million tonnes in 2016-2017 alone.
In its meeting, the EAC noted that air quality monitoring reports of the Goa State Pollution Control Board indicate that “particulate matter is exceeding the prescribed limits for the present handling capacities” at the port.
Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal had said that the Railways has started exploring a design change in its rolling stock to see if coal and other minerals can be carried in covered wagons instead of open ones to prevent coal dust from contaminating the environment.