Herald: Coal particles invade Khariwado beach

Coal particles invade Khariwado beach

08 Apr 2017 12:57am IST
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08 Apr 2017 12:57am IST
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Fishermen demanded action against those responsible

Team Herald

VASCO: While raising serious concerns over the coal particles that have washed ashore on Khariwado due to which the beach has turned black, the fishermen community has demanded that Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) should take action against the culprits involved in creating marine pollution.

Khariwado fishermen said that they were shocked to see a small beach portion near the fishing jetty and adjacent to berth number 11 of Mormugao Port turned into carpet of coal, on Friday morning. 

They said that initially they thought that the same could be tar balls but soon they realized that the same was coal particles which must have got spilled into the sea while the coal cargo was being unloaded at the Mormugao Port by the two coal-handling companies.

“Earlier, it was garbage and woodchips from MPT, then tar ball and now coal dust. We feel that the MPT has been treating Khariwado shore as a dumping yard for its waste. We can clear garbage and woodchips, but we cannot clear tar balls and coal, which are affecting our operations and severely affecting the environment, especially the marine life on which the fishing community depends,” said former MMC Councillor and trawler owner Jerry Fernandes

“We will not allow this menace to continue. The authorities should take immediate steps to find the source of the coal that have washed ashore and have covered the small beach stretch near Khariwado fishing jetty into full of coal layers,” Fernandes demanded.

Another senior fishermen leader Ronny D’Souza said, “It appears that Khariwado beach in Vasco has become a safe destination for all types of waste. This is not the first time as similar pollution used to take place even in past and we complained to MPT, such marine pollution due to coal was stopped for some time. However, now since coal dust pollution has emerged again, we will not take this mater lightly and we will raise this issue very aggressively during the forthcoming public hearing for MPT’s expansion plans.”

The fishermen community has also demanded that that Goa State Pollution Control Board take cognizance of the matter and immediately conduct site inspection to ascertain the marine pollution created due to improper coal handling of coal at MPT. 

“Scientists and officials of the Goa State Pollution Control Board should take stock of the situation and send a notice to the MPT to investigate the same on priority,” the fishermen demanded.

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