MPT berth expansion gets green nod

The central expert appraisal committee (CEAC) has given nod for expansion of 5A-6A berths at Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).

This, a report in TOI said, has come as a big boost for increased handling of coal and other cargo from 7.5 million tonnes per annum to 12 to 13 million tonnes per annum at these two berths.

The project faced severe opposition , marathon eight-day public hearing, a verbal exchange between the government and activists and NGOs over coal pollution issue and a letter by the chief minister to the union government not to consider the expansion till pollution norms related to existing pollution are complied with.

Now that CEAC has accorded nod for issuance of environmental clearance (EC) and coastal regulations zone (CRZ) clearance to South West Port Limited (SWPL) for the Rs 300-crore project, it now awaits final clearance for the twin requirements from ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC), added the report.

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