“A high-level committee comprising representatives from Coast Guard, Shipping Directorate, National Environment Engineering Research Institute, Pollution Control Board and Goa government will meet this month to assess reasons behind pollution on Goa beaches and prepare a roadmap for its redressal," he said in the Rajya Sabha.
Replying to a Calling Attention on pollution in Goa’s sea beaches, Javadekar said the government will also find out whether pollution especially through tar balls was created by an ulterior design as this has been deep-rooted belief among the people.
Some members including Shantaram Naik (Congress) had expressed apprehensions whether this pollution was created at Goa beaches by countries, which wanted to destroy tourism there.

"The government is committed to development without destruction and will proactively raise the sustainable development issue on international platforms," Javadekar said, adding the report of the high-level panel on Goa beaches will be placed before the House.
He said the government was serious on protecting the ecology of its beaches and added that steps would be undertaken to ensure cleanliness at all beaches in the country.

"Coast Guards ships and aircrafts are regularly deployed for surveillance and monitoring of the maritime zones of India, including EEZ off the coast of Goa," Javadekar said in a statement.

The High Court has also directed Goa State Pollution Control Board to monitor onshore facilities of Mormugao Port Trust, Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, he said.

Provisions of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) which adopted the international convention for the prevention of pollution from ships, now known as MAR POL, is incorporated in the Merchant Shipping Act, he added.


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