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Vascoites: GCZMA decision on MPT’s capital dredging project contradictory

Vasco: Terming the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority’s (GCZMA) decision to recommend the Mormugao Port Trust’s (MPT) capital dredging project proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) imposing routine conditions and asking the port trust to carry out modelling study to ascertain the impact of capital dredging as contradictory and confusing, Vasco residents have demanded that the State Government ask the authority to revisit its move.“I am confused with the GCZMA’s decision. It is also surprising for me to note that the GCZMA has cleared and recommended proposed capital dredging project by MPT which is the most controversial project. But in the case of redevelopment of cargo berths, GCZMA has asked MPT to carry out modelling study to ascertain the impact of capital dredging. It is a totally contradictory to the stand taken by authority,” said Savio Correia Vasco-based environmental activist.
He said, “It appears that the GCZMA has not applied its mind and has failed to consider the litigation pending in NGT and after the huge public outcry at the public hearing. The activists demanded that the State Government should ask GCZMA to revisit its decision”.
Cyril Fernandes, a member of Goa Against Coal (GAC) said, “This decision of GCZMA is completely unscientific. These statutory bodies are mandated to protect the environment, marine ecology and human life from haphazard and unregulated developmental activities. But when these bodies act in such routine and callous manner then where should the stakeholders run to seek justice? GCZMA is statutorily entrusted the custody of marine biodiversity of Goa. However, it has shown disrespect to its mandate and appears to have succumbed to the coal lobby,” he alleged.Capital dredging of the Mormugao Port’s approach channel and turning circles will enable navigation of capesize vessels and is critical to plans to expand coal handling at Mormugao Port.It may be recalled that the GCZMA at its 163rd meeting held on November 14, 2017 had discussions on several projects including two important projects proposed by the MPT which include ‘redevelopment of cargo berths’ proposal and capital dredging of navigational channel proposed by the Port Trust.
Surprisingly, while considering the “redevelopment of cargo berths” proposal (berth number 8, 9 & barge berth) at the MPT, the GCZMA had instructed MPT to carry out modelling studies to understand the effect of the proposed capital dredging on the erosion taking place at Khariwado beach. While dealing with the capital dredging (proposed deepening of approach channel and inner basin) for capesize vessels in the very same meeting, the GCZMA had recommended the project proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) imposing routine conditions. [H]

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