The state legislative assembly on Wednesday expressed worries over possible usage of Goan waterways to export iron ore illegally extracted in Maharashtra.
Congress legislator Dayanand Narvekar, participating in the supplementary demands for grants during the ongoing budget assembly session said that there is moratorium by Maharashtra government on extraction of the ore.
Narvekar said that there is a possibility that iron ore which is being brought from Sawantwadi and loaded in the barges at Sirsaim, may have been extracted illegally. He said the barge movement in Mandovi River has also affected several bandhs in the villages.
He also alleged that there is iron ore mafia that is involved in transportation of this ore.
Responding to the worries expressed by Narvekar, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said that he would speak with Maharashtra counterpart on the legality of the ore exported through Goa.
Kamat said since the government cannot stop the trucks from plying on the road, the state transport department has executed several measures to control the traffic.
“Transport department officials told me that they have installed barriers at the border and trucks are left with a gap of one minute between each other”, he said and informed that transportation cess is collected at the boundary from these trucks, which adds to the state exchequer.