The environment cost due to mining in Goa has been pegged at Rs. 548.4 crore by the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER), according to a written reply given by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to a Legislative Assembly Question.
While the land fill costs has been pegged at Rs. 14.1 crore, air pollution due to mining is estimated at Rs. 66.5 crore, avoidance cost at Rs. 0.5 crore and deforestation at Rs. 467.3 crore. The air pollution cost is ten percent of the total cost.
The reply further admits that mining has caused reduction in agriculture and that though the contribution from mining industry to GDP has increased in the last three financial years to touch 18.82 for the year 2009-2010, the destruction of environment too has been immense.
Besides, the chief minister has also admitted that mining is causing siltation of water causes causing flooding and reduced recharging of underground water.