Sesa Goa coke plant pollution, India


Sesa Goa Limited has expand in 2012 its existing metallurgical coke plant which has increased pollution levels in the surroundings. Thousands of villagers from Navelim in Bicholim taluka of Goa observed day long road blockade and protest on 27th August 2012 against Sesa Goa's metallurgical coke plant in the village. The villagers also claimed that the plant has been polluting their water sources.

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Basic Data
NameSesa Goa coke plant pollution, India
SiteNavelim / Bicholim
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Industrial and Utilities conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Mineral processing
Coal extraction and processing
Specific Commodities
Iron ore
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsSesa Goa Ltd has been operating a 250,000-tonne pig iron manufacturing plant since 1992 and a 280,000-tonne metallurgical coke manufacturing plant since 1994 at Amona which was shifted to Navelim in 2006.

Type of PopulationRural
Start Date28/08/2012
Company Names or State EnterprisesSesa Goa Limited from India
Vedanta from United Kingdom
Relevant government actorsGoa State Pollution Control Board , Ministry of the Environment
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Public campaigns
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Other environmental related diseases
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseUnder negotiation
Project cancelled
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.After massive protests by the locals, the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has asked Sesa Goa Ltd to stop all activities (2)
Sources and Materials

Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000


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(2) Pollution Board asks Sesa Goa to stop coke oven plant operations
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Sesa Goa told to stop met coke plant expansion
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Goa state pollution control board to inspect Sesas Navelim plant on Dec 27
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ContributorSwapan Kumar Patra
Last update08/04/2014