CM: Revenue shortfall due to mining ban Rs 279 crore

The halt in mining activities in the state has resulted in a revenue shortfall of around Rs 279 crore for the period from April 2012 to December 2012. Government had collected Rs 1,076 cores in 2011 as mining royalties.

The government had halted mining activity in September 2012 following the tabling in Parliament of the Shah commission report on illegal mining. Subsequently, in October 2012 the Supreme Court further banned mining activities in the state following a PIL filed by Mapusa-based NGO Goa Foundation.

In a written reply to the state legislative assembly, chief ministerManohar Parrikar said the shortfall of Rs 279 crore is as per the projected revenue from mining for the year. In 2011-2012, 82 mines had been in operation in the state. [TOI]