Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that the Mormugao Port Trust has faced a loss of Rs 90 crore for the current financial year. He said that the chairman of the MPT approached him with a grievance that the port did not have money to pay staff salaries. The Goa State Pollution Control Board had recently stopped a private firm from handling coal at MPT for violation of norms. Parrikar said that the current situation over the coal handling and stoppage had resulted in MPT losing Rs 90 crore for the current financial year. “After stoppage of coal, another issue has cropped up. The MPT chairman approached me saying that there is no money to pay salaries of the staff. Now it will have to find alternative cargo to replace coal,” Parrikar said during a function in Vasco today.
During his speech, Parrikar took a dig at social activists saying that “many a times there are protests without understanding the logic behind the decision of the state government to allow some projects.” Pointing out that protesters are claiming that roads are being widened and rivers are being dredged to allow the transportation of the coal, he said it is untrue as Goa has no demand for coal. “The coal is not consumed in Goa. The protestors who were criticizing the government over the coal issue have shut their mouths after the government acted against it (the coal),” he said. “They are not ready to congratulate the government over its action. A few even shouted that Parrikar should go back, as if I have come here from London,” he said.
Referring to the statements that he should have lived in Vasco to know the extent of pollution in the city, Parrikar commented “they should know that I have come from Delhi which is the most polluted city.”