Cover coal & cargo, CoP tells barge operators


 The Captain of Ports has warned barge operators and masters to cover coal or other cargo carried by their vessels with tarpaulin, when plying in the states inland waterways with immediate effect, warning of stiff action if they do not comply with these directions.
A notice issued Tuesday, pointed out that those barges carrying and transporting coal or cargo which do not cover their cargo hold area and could cause air pollution and prove  “hazardous to the environment.”  The notice cautions, “Therefore all barge owners/masters are hereby directed to cover their vessels which are carrying/transporting coal/cargo with tarpaulin when plying in the inland waterways of Goa with immediate effect…. Violations of the above instructions will be viewed seriously, according to the Captain of Ports Department.” 
It may be recalled that the Panjim port, in a bid to generate revenues is pushing for coal transportation. The government meanwhile has passed an order allowing the export of 72,000 odd metric tons of  iron ore, which implies that barges will once again be a familiar sight along the state’s waterways.         [H]