Coal Corridor and MPT Expansion

The MPT Expansion from the late 2000s, has had its own toll on the environment: air pollution, and with the proposed Coal Corridor, attendant deforestation. The construction of roads and the proposed expansion of two berths at the Mormugao Port in fact is linked to the perpetuation of destructive mining activity. The existing coal transportation and the dredging for the berths had already damaged fishing and the dwellings of the fishing community, their lands, and agriculture. 

There is an ongoing struggle by a coalition of individuals and organisations called Goa Against Coal (GAC) to protect Goa and its people from choking on coal dust. The Old Cross Fishing Canoe Owners’ Association challenged the berth expansion in the National Green Tribunal, ensuring an order that a public hearing be held on the issue. This public hearing was extended for a record five days and went on till late into the night with a massive outpouring of grievances as a result of GAC's mobilisation efforts. 

A city on edge September 2012
Hearing postponed September 2012
Vasco's pollution worrisome! July 2012
MPT expansion November 2012
Licensed to Pollute January 2015
MPT Expansion Plans March 2017
Hauled over the coals March 2017
Vasco locals discuss MPT March 2017
Checkmate official March 2017
Pressure on the agencies? April 2017
Thousands protest April 2017
Protests at Hearings April 2017
You are hampering our right May 2017
Those eight days May 2017
Coal Conductor
Developing berths September 2017
Black dust shroud October 2017
People's movement again, Nov 2017
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