PANAJI: Even as the state authorities have been ducking queries on coal transportation, the MPA has provided details of teh coal transportation from Goa port.
As per the information provided by Mormugao Port Trust, six rakes of coal wagons leave from Mormugao Port Authority Areas to Karnataka State per day.
As per experts, one rake comprises 59 wagons.
According to a rough estimate, one rake can move 1.4 million tonnes of coal per annum.
So basically, six rakes mean around 354 wagons move every day from MPT or Mormugao Ports Authority as it is known now.
As one rake can move 1.4 million, 8.4 million tonnes of coal is moved from MPA per annum.
Further on coal spillage, the Goa government says the GSPCB has received complaints regarding coal spillage during transportation by truck on the road and wagons on the rail.
“GSPCB has considered these aspects and incorporated conditions in the consent inorder to address this issue. Further, GSPCBin its 146th Board Meeting held on 15th December, 2020hasdecided to seek an Action Plan from SouthWestern Railway to provide cover for wagons transporting coal in order to avoid spillage of coal,” said the authorities.
The Goa State Pollution Control Board( GSPCB) has also specified conditions in the Consent issued to Operators in the Jurisdiction of the Mormugao Port Authority. Further, the GSPCB also carries out ambient Air Quality Monitoring fuel call centres in Vasco city and Fire Brigade station at Marmugao Port. The Operator has installed Continuous Air Quality Monitoring at Sada, MPT Institute.
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