Will look into coal handling issue in Goa: Union minister Shripad Naik

Union Minister of State for Ports Shripad Naik has in a letter to Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief Vijai Sardesai said he will look into the issue of the coastal state being allegedly turned into a ”coal hub” and take a decision in the interest of Goa.

On July 18, Sardesai wrote to Naik, alleging that Goa was facing the “looming spectre of being transformed into a coal transportation hub” with no benefit to the state or its citizens, and claimed this will only spell disaster for the ecology and environment of the state.

He also alleged that the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) was using the Major Port Authorities Act-2021 to “gobble up nearly the entire coastline and all riverbanks”, and the nationalisation of six Goan rivers along with three linear projects in the Western Ghats will deprive Goa and Goans of the rest of their natural heritage.

In his reply, Naik, who is a BJP MP from North Goa, said he will examine the matter raised by Sardesai and take a decision in the interest of the state.

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