Shri Dr Harsh Vardhan, MoEFCC: Reject expansion of Mormugao port in Goa immediately!
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Did you know fascinating marine life like humpback dolphins, whale sharks, windowpane oysters and even killer whales can be found in Goa’s waters? Well, apparently neither do the Governments of Goa and other proponents of a new project to expand the existing Mormugao port at Vasco da Gama.
How else can we explain the fact that the Mormugao Port Trust is trying to push through expansion of multiple berths of the port in order to increase the coal handling capacity of the port from the current 12MPT to 51MPT? The dredging of the seabed to allow bigger cargo vessels to enter the port will wreak havoc on the estuarine and marine ecosystems. Resident populations of Indian Ocean humpback dolphins and finless porpoises inhabit these near-shore waters. Killer whales, Arabian Sea humpback whales and whale sharks are known to be traversing waters. Green and Olive Ridley turtles are often sighted here.These waters also have reefs that sustain diverse fish communities. One such reef is around Grande Island which is extremely close to the project site! The coal being imported will also lead to disastrous air and water pollution that will impact marine life, human health and livelihoods.
And they are all being put at risk for a project that will only benefit private firms like Vedanta, Adani and Jindal Steel Works!
This project requires approval from Government bodies and they are taking feedback on the projects right now. That’s why 6 marine biologists and conservationists who know what treasures lie in Goa’s rivers and seas want you to sign this petition and tell our Ministers and officials who have the power to stop this project to protect what’s left of our precious marine life.
With one click, you can ensure that a well researched email with facts about the impact of the proposed project on Goa’s marine ecology will be sent to the Minister of Environment, Chairperson of the Goa State pollution Control Board, the Chief Minister of Goa and other key decision makers responsible urging them to putting a stop to this project immediately!
These objections were also raised recently at the marathon 8 day long public hearings that took place in Vasco where every single speaker opposed this project unequivocally!
Your signature will make this opposition that much stronger and will help protect Goa’s unique marine life along with the livelihood of thousands of fisherfolk. Please take action today!
Links to Further Information : www.goaagainstcoal.com
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