16-jan-2013 … Goa state Captain of Ports james Braganza on Monday said that his department was in the process of acquiring two to three jetties in and around the mandovi and zuari basin which would take care of importing coal or coke for local consumption as well as for supplying the same to the neighboring states …
It may be noted that the Captain of Ports is believed to have initiated plans to make up for its loss of revenue by throwing open its facilities for coal import and is currently, working on logistics to facilitate the import of coal from the panaji port which was earlier monopolized by ore vessels.
Speaking to media reporters in panjim captain of ports james Braganza said had identified three jetties, of which two are located in the Mandovi basin, and one in the Zuari river basin.
Even Goa Pradesh Congress committee on Saturday had stated that the decision of the government to allow coal handling at the Panaji port would turn disastrous for the capital city which would be environmentally hazardous
Braganza said two to three parties had shown interest in the same and one need not to be worried on account of pollution because the coal shipments will be docked at the outer anchorage.
Meanwhile Braganza also mentioned that his department had cleared the exports of 72,000 metric tons of prime mineral ore owned by a private firm after approvals from the government and NOC issued by the Mines Department
Braganza stated that the approval for the consignment of around 72,000 metric tons has come from the government for which Mines Department had given the NOC and his department had allowed the exports through the Panjim port.