CoP flags off export of ore
The Captain of Ports (CoP) has cleared the exports of 72,000 metric tons of prime mineral ore, largely owned by Fomento, after approvals from the government and NOC issued by the Mines Department, officials said.
Shifting of the ore through the Panjim port to a bulk carrier that will carry the ore “most likely to China” began yesterday and should be completed in seven to eight days, they said.
The NOC from the Mines Department says the ore is from Maharashtra~ostensibly from Reddi ~ and was stocked at a jetty in the State.
“The approval for the consignment of around 72,000 metric tons has come from the government. The Mines Department had given the NOC and we have allowed the exports through the Panjim port,” the Captain of Ports, Captain James Braganza told the media on Sunday.
Issuance of the NOC and its subsequent reportage in the media had stirred up a controversy and opened up a debate with many prominent citizens questioning the hurry especially as the matter was sub judice after the Supreme Court’s Friday order (October 5) had banned all mining operations and transportation and export of iron ore in the state following a PIL against mining in Goa. Before that the state government had temporarily suspended mining operations in all working mines and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had withdrawn environment clearances to many mines in the aftermath of the Justice M B Shah Commission of Inquiry.
Company officials had approached the CoP to allow the export after the Mines Department had cleared the proposal and issued the NOC.
Sources say the mining major ahs a plot near the Sirsaim jetty and trade has been going through this for a couple of years. They say that this stock that was brought by truck was lying there since the ban.
With department officials saying that the ore is from a Reddi mine, society‘s voices are asking why this ore has not been exported through the Reddi port given that there is traffic going out from there. [H]