PANJIM: The Mines and Geology Department has decided to cancel en masse the permission granted to various mining plots scattered across the state for stocking ore.
Sources stated that the government will cancel permission for the plots, which have become a ‘breeding ground for illegal iron ore export
from the state.’
Several plots located across the state usually stock ore before it is shipped. However, most of the time, authorities find it difficult to determine the source of ore stocked at the plots.
The department found that many such plots are operating without permission from the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB). As a result, the department has now decided to cancel their permits and ask them to re-register, the same practice that was adopted for traders.
The department will soon send a letter asking the plot owners to revert with the documents for registration. And those plots which are not given licenses to operate will be sealed along with the ore stacked in them, sources stated.
The draft mining policy has already made it mandatory that the plot should not be less than 5,000 square metres size, and the smaller plots will be closed after the mining policy is finalized.