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Goa: ‘Let Maha, K’taka use their ports to import coal’

Goa: ‘Let Maha, K’taka use their ports to import coal’Colva: Benualim MLAChurchill Alemaoon Friday said that theKarnatakaandMaharashtrashould use their ownportsto importcoalfor industries in their states.

“The only purpose the government is pushing double tracking is to transport coal to Maharashtra and Karnataka. Goa does not have coal-based industries. If the neighbouring states want coal for their industries then it should imported through to their ports. It is a wrong decision of the government to allow transportation of coal to these states through Goa,” he said.

While stating that he is opposing double tracking and transportation of coal through Goa, he urged all the 40 legislators to unitedly oppose the projects for the welfare of the state.

Earlier, on October 2, Alemao had said that it is a central project and the state government does not have much say in the matter and that all three MPs should have objected to it inParliament.

The NCP MLA said his support to the government is issue-based but he does not support it on double tracking and transportation of coal through Goa. “If transportation of coal is allowed it will spell the death knell for the tourism industry and the state,” said Alemao.

Stating that while the state government is trying hard to get mining started, the former chief minister said that if mining is allowed, it will be difficult to accommodate ore at the Mormugao port along with the ongoing coal import.

When questioned whether he would support the agitation against double tracking and coal transportation, Alemao said, “During the language and statehood agitations I have galvanised lakhs of people.”

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