India, Feb. 14 -- An expert panel's approval for the expansion of Goa's Mormugoa Port will increase its coal handling capacity but result in an adverse impact on the environment, said green activists on Friday.

An expert panel of the environment ministry-- the expert appraisal committee (EAC)- had recommended the grant of environmental clearance (EC) to the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) for the deepening of the approach channel for handling Capesize vessels and for increasing the size of two berths to handle bigger cargo ships, in its January 28-29 meeting. The recommendation was made to the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Capesize shipping cargo vessels are so large that they cannot pass through the Suez canal and have to go round the...