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CM Manohar Parrikar, on Monday, chose to give those opposed to MPT’s plans to expand coal handling a piece of his mind.
“Those opposing coal projects should stop using electricity, as power is 90-95% coal-based. They should stop using cars and use bicycles instead. Environment protection should be done by people first. I do. I avoid using plastic,” he told reporters during his visit to Margao to inspect land for ITI.
Drawing a parallel between opponents of the coal project at Mormugao and the education hub at Davorlim, Parrikar said, “I find the reasons put forth by them for opposing coal strange. It’s the same thing with those opposing shifting of schools to the educational complex. I agree that there should be no (coal) pollution. I agree that the handling capacity should be curtailed and modernisation should be done in such a way that there should be no pollution.”
“At the same time you should not oppose coal, (in the same way as) you should not oppose schools because there is no infrastructure. We will put in place all infrastructure that is required for schools,” Parrikar said.
Schools from Margao are proposed to be shifted to the proposed educational hub in a bid to decongest the city. Stating that 60-70% of the students studying in Margao schools are from the city’s neighbourhood, Parrikar called into question arguments put forth by the opponents of the educational hub.
“Why should Margao suffer because of others (students coming from neighbouring villages)? If somebody asks me this question, I will have no answer. If we do not shift the schools to the outskirts, we will have to limit the intake capacity of schools to the approved limit. Every year, we give exemptions to schools to increase their strength. We will then have to withdraw these exemptions then,” Parrikar said.
He, however, said that no decision over the matter has been taken.
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