The Goa State Pollution Control Board, a statutory body comprising of officials and citizens, will decide the fate of 40 mines in the State that had sought permission at a meeting to be held today. The meeting assumes significance not only because of the widespread opposition to mining activity from the locals but also the gross violations of the laws by mine operators.
While scruitnising the applications received in September last year, it was noticed that many of the mines were operating without statutory permissions and licenses including those from the Forests Department.
Besides, commando style mining has been on the rise in the State where taking advantage of weekends and holidays and by using excessive machinery, mining has been carried out in some of the remote areas of the State.
In fact, the GSPCB had issued show cause notices to 26 mining companies after scrutinizing their applications and the latest case at Cavrem was amongst those. Despite the show cause notice, the owner of the mine at Cavrem continued with his operations that resulted in the villagers laying siege to the Director of Mines, which finally ended up with the mine being closed down.