Working For Pollution-Free Coal Transportation: Min

Working For Pollution-Free Coal Transportation: Min

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday said that the ministry along with Konkan Railway is keen on identifying a solution to prevent pollution while transporting coal from Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) to steel plants in the Bellary-Hospet region of Karnataka.

Speaking at a conference on logistics, organized by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Prabhu said, “I want to assure that we are willing to find a solution to pollution caused during coal transportation. No transportation that happens through our network will cause adverse damage”.

The coal, which arrives at MPT, is transported by trucks through Vasco town, which causes a lot of dust pollution.

Prabhu went on to say that residents of Goa and India must understand that coal is required for power generation and industrial growth. “We are still in a situation where coal is the mainstay of power generation, not only in India, but also across the world. We need to realize this, but we are open to suggestions,” the Union minister said.

Coal from MPT is typically loaded onto rail wagons and sent through southwestern railways to Hospet via Londa. Along with the expansion at the port, the single-track route is being upgraded to a double-track which has irked Vasco residents and civil society.
“If Goa people don’t want it, why should we do it? It is for the good of Goa. Passengers will also benefit from the double-tracking. We are making investments for the benefit of Goa,” Prabhu said.
The proposed double-tracking of Colem-Vasco section by south-western railway (SWR) has also drawn opposition from villagers of Cansaulim-Arossim-Cuelim and adjoining villages, as the villagers have raised fears of damage to their heritage houses.
Source Link – TOI


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