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Mining in Goa could restart, if SC allows: Goa CM

Mining in Goa could resume by November this year if the Supreme Court lifts the ban imposed on the activity soon, Chief  Minister Manohar Parrikar said while attending the rally at Azad Maidan by the Goa People’s Mining Front demanding that legal mining in the state resumes.

“If Supreme Court vacates the ban (on mining) the export of the ore can start by November-December this year,” Parrikar expressed.

The Chief Minister said that the resumption of mining will depend on the apex court order, clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forest, consent under water and air pollution prevention act and certification from Indian Bureau of Mines.

He said that the state government has already begun the formalities to withdraw the suspension of the mining leases issued last year.

The state cabinet, he said, has empowered Director of Mines and Geology to withdraw suspension order after signing lease deeds with the mining firms.

He said that although the suspension order of almost 24-30 mines would be withdrawn by the state government, the actual mining can start only after the SC order.

The mining activity which is impacting 25 per cent of Goa’s population has been on hold since September last year after SC imposed ban on illegal mining following the Shah Commission report.

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