Mumbai Port Trust to stop handling coal, victory for anti-pollution drive
The Times of India, 6 September 2015
In a victory for the city, the Mumbai Port Trust has decided to put an end to its coal handling operations in Sewri. TOI [The Times of India] has campaigned against the port trust’s handling of coal in a series of articles highlighting the extent to which the coal has devastated the environment and severely affected the health of those living around it.
About 1.5 lakh [150,000] metric tonnes of coal form toxic mountains on the eastern sea front today. Fisherfolk, residents and students at a nearby maritime institution suffer respiratory problems because of it. The phlegm they cough up each day is black with coal. Warehouses in the area have lost business as coal dust accumulates in them.