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Govt working on legislation to cancel mining lease

The Goa Government is working on a legislation to cancel the leases of mines whose trucks are found to be overloaded with ore.
The Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, told GoaChronicle.com that stringent measures, including cancellation of leases, are being considered to curb the increasing menace of overloaded mining trucks creating dust pollution in villages.
The state has been witnessing protests, almost daily, from the locals who complained about frequent accidents involving mining trucks and dust pollution caused by overloaded vehicles transporting ore from mines.

Goa has 100-odd operational mines which export around 40 million tonne iron ore annually. As per rough estimates, there are nearly 20,000 trucks operating in mines across the state.
“There should be proper control by the Transport and Mines Department on these trucks. There are enough powers with these departments to book the erring truck operators,” the Leader of the Opposition, Manohar Parrikar, said.
Goa Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), chaired by Mr Parrikar, and has recommended that the permits of the trucks found overloading should be cancelled immediately.
PAC has also said that the Mines Department should be the regulating authority for mining trucks, whose drivers should be registered with the department.

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