Major Ports follow precautions prescribed by Pollution Control Boards: Radhakrishnan

May 21, 2015 10:45 am Published by

The Major Ports undertake operations in compliance with the conditions prescribed in the consent for operations issued by the respective state Pollution Control Boards, the Minister of State for Shipping, Mr Pon Radhakrishnan, said.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the Minister said that regular monitoring of the parameters was undertaken by the State Pollution Control Boards and the Major Ports take various measures to become environment-friendly while handling dusty cargo.

He listed these as installing water sprinkling systems at the hopper, unloading point, transfer points, roads, stack yards and at wagon and truck loading stations to control dust pollution; continuous water sprinkling on roads to prevent dust pollution due to plying of vehicles; high rise walls/wind barriers around stack yards of coal, iron ore and other dust-generating bulk cargo to minimise dust pollution; mechanisation of dust-generating bulk cargo handling activities of coal and iron ore; closed conveyor systems from berths to the unloading point; lorry tyre washing system; lorries transporting bulk cargo covered with tarpaulin; tree plantation in port area undertaken on continual basis, and oil and other chemicals unloaded through marine unloading arms and transported through pipelines to prevent pollution.

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