CEC asks state, Centre to submit details by Nov 26

The Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC), which is investigating the mining operations in Goa, has given the state and central governments, mine lessees, Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA) and the petitioner time till November 26 to submit the additional documents demanded by it, after a meeting held in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The CEC is to submit its report on the status of mining in Goa to the Supreme Court on November 28. The hearing is to take place on November 30.

The state government, its mines and the forest departments, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Union Ministry of Mines and individual mine operators had hearings with the CEC and some asked for time till November 28 as they wanted to submit some more documents. However, the Committee gave them time till Monday as it has to submit its report to the Supreme Court by Wednesday (November 28).

The CEC had called for the Wednesday’s meeting in a letter to the Goa Chief Secretary, asking for additional details and personal hearing after it was not satisfied with the information submitted, terming it inadequate and incomplete. The head of the local mines department had personally gone to New Delhi with the details.

The CEC had been asked to file a report by the Supreme Court after a writ petition was filed by an NGO, Goa Foundation, alleging massive illegal manganese and iron ore mining in the state. The Court had granted an interim stay on mining operations in the state and that included a ban on transportation and export. [NT]