Goa moves one big step closer to becoming a coal hub

Armed with the recently issued environmental clearance for its port terminal, JSW Group is set to expand its coal operations in the state despite years of opposition from locals.

There’s big news coming from Goa. The government has issued environmental clearance to Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Group to nearly double its imports of coal into Goa. 

The steel-to-paints conglomerate runs a captive port terminal at the state-owned Mormugao Port. JSW receives coking coal there from overseas and uses it as a raw material at its Vijayanagar steel plant in northern Karnataka. While it had permission to handle 7.5 million tonnes of coal a year, the new clearance allows it to ramp it up to 13 million tonnes a year. This is a staggering amount; if it were to be transported …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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