Herald: GAC fine with fishing jetty at Khariwado, but not POL berth
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GAC fine with fishing jetty at Khariwado, but not POL berth

31 Dec 2017 06:15am IST

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VASCO: The members of Goa Against Coal (GAC) on Saturday claimed that though they fully support the fishing jetty project for Khariwado fishermen, but they would strongly oppose the proposed petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) berth at Vasco bay during the forthcoming public hearing for the Vasco bay development plan by Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).

VASCO: The members of Goa Against Coal (GAC) on Saturday claimed that though they fully support the fishing jetty project for Khariwado fishermen, but they would strongly oppose the proposed petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) berth at Vasco bay during the forthcoming public hearing for the Vasco bay development plan by Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).

Under Vasco bay development plan, the MPT has proposed to construct a 520-metre long finger quay perpendicular to Vasco Bay (Kharewaddo beach) with petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL) berth on the western side and a fishing harbour on the eastern side, separated by a security wall. 

“We are not against the Khariwado fishing jetty as a new fishing jetty is needed for the trawler owners operating from Khariwado fishing jetty but at the same time we are opposed to the proposed POL berth at Vasco bay which MPT wants to construct in the name of fishing harbour. They (MPT) were initially operating from berth number 5 and 6 and slowly they expanded their operational area till Khariwado and now they want to divide Khariwado beach into two so that they can grab half the portion of the Khariwado beach and that too keeping traditional fisherman aside. But we will not allow the MPT to expand anymore towards Khariwado,” GAC convenor Custodio D’ Souza warned.

GAC also refuted the statement of the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that only two to three people from Vasco have been opposing coal. D’Souza claimed that Parrikar made a false statement on the floor of the assembly based on wrong information. 

“Not two or three people, but whole of Vasco as well as people across Goa are opposing coal and that is why over 100 panchayats across the State resolved to oppose coal hub and river nationalisation,” D’Souza said.

He said that he was saddened by Parrikar’s statement against NGOs. 

“Today it is due to NGOs that Goa is protected, whereas elected leaders want to destroy Goa,” D’Souza said.

Vikram Sarmalkar, a member of GAC and a resident of Vasco, said, “Parrikar had assured on the floor of the House that he would not allow further expansion of coal in Goa. However, on the other hand, the MPT is going ahead with the expansion in full swing.” 

On the occasion GAC also unveiled their new slogan titled ‘Parrikar go back’. “During India’s freedom struggle (Year 1929) a slogan “Simon Go back” by Lala Lajpat Rai was launched against British rule and against Simon Commission which had no Indian member. Now here in Goa, Parrikar is acting like a ruler who doesn’t want to take anyone into confidence. He has become the judge, jury and executioner. So, we have unveiled a new slogan titled ‘Parrikar go back’ so that he should step down as Goa chief minister and should sit at home,” said GAC member Edwin Mascarenhas.

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