He said the pollution caused by the Visakhapatnam port had always been a matter of concern, and of late, the port authorities had taken certain steps to reduce it but they were not sufficient.
“I suggest that experts in Andhra University and Geetam University prepare a report on the issue and I shall persuade the port authorities to take the requisite steps. In fact, the port authorities are willing to spend Rs60 crores or so over the next three to four years to reduce the pollution to the minimum,” he said.
He said it should be borne in mind that Visakhapatnam port, a natural harbour, had contributed greatly to the growth of the city, “but at the same time as it handles bulk cargo such as coal, iron ore and others, pollution has become a matter of concern. But technologies are now available to reduce it to the minimum. I shall make earnest efforts to curb pollution in the city,” he promised.