A ground-truthing report has revealed that multiple conditions laid down by government authorities to decrease the impact of air pollution on local communities and the environment at Mormugao Port Trust’s (MPT) coal-handling berths have been violated.
Ground-truthing, which refers to information collected on location, was conducted by the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, together with local groups such as the Old Cross Fishing Canoe Owners’ Coop Society Ltd, Baina Ramponkar Fishing Canoe Owners’ Society, Desterro Fishermen’s Association, and Goenchea Raponkarancho Ekvott (GRE).
The study found that coalhandling at MPT’s berths 7 and 9 generate excessive dust pollution in violation of four environmental clearance (EC) conditions and other stipulations. These include violations of ‘consent to operate’ conditions at berths 5a and 6a. Read More