The minister has stated that in most cases, the dumps are covered with tree vegetation and Acacia and Casuarina plantation. However, the total area covered by the dumps. Has not been mentioned in the reply.
Information from the Forest Department revealed names of large mining companies including V M Salgaocar, Dempo Mines, Chowgule, Timblos and VN Bandekar.
Out of the 37 dumps on government land, the department has identified that 27 are in Sattari, 7 in Bicholim and the remaining are scattered at different parts of the mining belt.