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SC Blow to Mining: Suspends Mining Operations in Goa

In another massive blow to the mining operations in the state of Goa the Supreme Court hearing the petition filed by anti-mining organisation Goa Foundation has passed an Interim Order suspending all illegal mining operations in Goa referred in the Shah Commission report and also stopped transportation of ore already mined.

Following the stoppage of mining operations in the state ordered by the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the subsequent suspension of Environmental Clearances (EC) by the Union Minister for Forest and Environment (MoEF), Jayanthi Natarajan; the order of the Supreme Court has now stumped all attempts of the state government to resume the mining operations.

Goa CM had recently assured the mining-affected people that mining operations would resume in forty-five days, following which, the Cabinet appointed a high-level committee headed by a retired high court judge to look into the illegalities of mining in Goa mentioned in the Shah Commission report. The government had also taken a stand to allow export of iron-ore already mined and lying in the jetties, but the Supreme Court order has now even put this attempt of the state government to pacify the mining companies and its affected people in a jeopardy.


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