Cong seeks written assurance from Gadkari on coal handling issue


Accusing the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of going back on the promises made to Goans, the Congress party on Friday demanded written assurance from Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari that the ministry will not allow coal handling expansion project proposed at Mormugao Port Trust (MPT)
in Vasco.
“The Sagarmala Report optimistic scenario projections stand at 21 MMTPA of cooking coal up to year 2025 and 40 MMTPA of cooking coal up to the year 2035 at MPT, and it has not been discarded by the Centre. Hence it is absolutely essential that MPT and Nitin Gadkari give in writing and declare that they will respect the sentiments of Goemkars against coal handling expansion at MPT,” said Congress spokesperson Yatish Naik while addressing a press conference in Panaji.
“There is no guarantee, especially given his (Parrikar) meaningless propositions and phrases, as seen from the recent past, be it ‘attempt to scam’ or agreeing to talk.’ These petty political stunts are known to all. These stunts have further exposed the double speak and the failures of the Chief Minister and his government,” he said.
He questioned as to why Nitin Gadkari and Manohar Parrikar are not speaking in sync on coal handling expansion at MPT. And as to why Parrikar is not prevailing on Gadkari and MPT to take a decision and declare against coal handling expansion. He further said that the North Goa MP Shripad Naik and South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar have failed to perform upto the expectation of the people.
“These MPs had promised special status to Goa on which basis Goans had elected both of them. The same promise was also repeated in election rally held at Merces by Narendra Modi before the 2014 polls,” he said.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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