Companies to pay 1.22cr for basalt extraction


Mines director Prasanna Acharya in an order on Monday directed Marushka Stone Industry to deposit 1.22 crore for the unauthorized extraction of basalt stones outside the lease area.
The amount is to be paid within a period of 30 days, failing which the aforesaid amount shall be recovered as arrears of land revenue, recoverable without any further notice, the order said.
The mines department said that the reply of the company cannot be accepted, as permission was not granted, and thus whatever extraction was done is without any authorization and in violation of the Provision of the Goa Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 1985. [TOI]