Mining comes to a halt in Goa, govt, stakeholders worried

The ban on mining activity in Goa has come into force from Friday. It has plunged one of the pillars of Goan economy into an uncertainty. The Supreme court last month had cancelled 88 mining leases (renewed in 2015) in the state and had asked for them to be auctioned. The Apex court had given the leaseholders till March 15 wind up their operations.
The Mines and Geology Department has asked all the operators to stop fresh extraction and transport of ore by Thursday evening. The equipment in the mining sites have been asked to be moved out.
Cabinet Minister Sudin Dhavalikar has informed on Thursday that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will be visiting Goa to address the issues of the stakeholders in the mining industry.
It is estimated that nearly two lakh people will be affected by the order. A cabinet committee has decided to urge Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to file review petition in the Supreme Court in an effort to being relief to the state. Parrikar is currently undergoing treatment in the US.
The Apex court has ordered the mining operations to remain shut from March 16 until new leases are auctioned and fresh environmental clearances are granted.
Industry stakeholders have planned public meetings to highlight their grievances and showcase their protest towards the SC order.
The shutdown of mining activity in Goa is expected to have a large impact on the state’s economy.
Information credit: PTI