Time extended till Dec 31 for removing cargo from MPT

The Goa State Pollution Control Board on Wednesday extended the deadline to remove the cargo lying at Mormugao Port Trust’s berth no 11 till December 31.

On the issue of transportation of the ore piled at the berths, GSPCB denied permission to Kirloskar Ferrous for transportation of 9000 MT of cargo, lying at the berth, by road, but granted permission to J K Cement to transport 48,654 MT of pet coke by road.

The decisions were taken following representation from J K Cement and Kirloskar Ferrous, who underlined the difficulty faced by both in moving the cargo using their rakes. Both the users were allowed to move the cargo lying at the port through rail, earlier last month.

GSPCB, had allowed five MP users to evacuate 1.5 MT of cargo lying at the berth by November 5. The consent to operate of berth no. 11 currently stands suspended.

Speaking to HERALD, GSPCB Chairman Jose Manuel Noronha said that the Board has extended the deadline to evacuate the cargo lying at the port, following representation from its users. He said that J K Cement, whose 48,654 MT of cargo, valued at around Rs 30 crore, is stacked at the port are finding it difficult to move it to the factory with the rakes they have. “They said it is not possible for them to move the cargo by rail and hence requested permission to move the cargo by road,” he said.

The GSPCB has now allowed the company to carry the cargo by road but with a condition that only 900 MT of coke per day would be moved. “They have to evacuate entire cargo within 50 days,” Noronha said adding ‘the transportation has been restricted only at night time that is between 10 pm to 5 am’.

The Chairman said that Kirloskar Ferrous too had a similar issue. “Of the total 15, 305 MT of cargo, the company managed to take 6000 MT by rail, as permitted by the Board. For the remaining 9000 MT, they are facing problem,” he said.

Noronha informed that the Board has not granted them permission. The Board is currently conducting baseline study of air particulate matter in Vasco and once the data is available, they would be in a better position to judge the real cause of pollution. “Till then, the consent to operate will not be renewed,” he said. [H]