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PAC Hauls Mines Department

 

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reportedly hauled up the Mines Department for its failure to monitor the mining activity in the State and recommended setting up two check posts along the Caurem-Quepem route.

Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar who is the chairman of PAC reportedly asked the Mining Department officials why they were not taking action against erring mine operators and ore transporters.

 

In the wake of the agitation by Caurem villagers, Parrikar is learnt to have asked the Mines Department to set up two check posts – one at Caurem and the other at Quepem – to ensure that the trucks transporting ore do not violate the guidelines set by the Bombay High Court at Goa.

He suggested that the check posts be manned by officials of the Mines Department, Police, RTO and villagers.

He also asked the officials to issue show cause notices to the mining firms extracting ore beyond the permitted quantity in order to revoke their licenses.
Mines Department are learnt to have told the PAC that they are working the modalities for issuing show cause notices and said that the department will be ready to take action against the mining firms from 10th May onwards.

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