PANJIM: The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has postponed its special meeting scheduled on March 14, after Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) raised question over the decision to hold meeting when the model code of conduct for the parliamentary elections is in force.
The Board had scheduled its 138th meeting (special meeting) on March 15 wherein it was supposed to decide upon granting fresh consent to operate to JSW owned M/s South West Port Limited (SWPL) along with a decision on MPTs request for a Common Consent for its entire cargo handling facilities and for coal handling at mooring dolphin.
GSPCB member secretary Dr Shamila Monteiro
in a communication to the Board members has informed that the scheduled meeting has been postponed, pending approval from the screening committee headed by Chief Secretary in view of the Model Code of Conduct.
She said that the fresh date will be intimated to the members.
On Wednesday, North Goa Collector and District Election Officer R Menaka, IAS, in a letter to GSPCB had sought justification with reasons for scheduling the meeting during the model code of conduct period. The notice was issued following a complaint from Senior Supreme Court lawyer Sunaina Chari, representing Ramponnkarancho Ekvott.
Further, the Deputy Chief Electoral officer Sangeeta Naik had directed Board to approach the screening committee for the required clearance to hold the meeting.