Govt to seek SC permission to restart mining


The state government has decided to approach the Supreme Court (SC) with a plea to restart legal mining in Goa as the state's economy and employment depends on the mining industry.
Speaking to TOI chief minister Manohar Parrikar said, "We will file the affidavit in the mining case on or before November 28, 2012."
Government sources said the state, through its affidavit, will assure the court that it will strictly regulate mining operations in the state.
The government has also decided to intervene in the public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court filed by NGO Goa Foundation seeking action against illegal mining as pointed out in Shah Commission report that was tabled in Parliament in September.
The government will inform the apex court that it has taken measures to regulate mining and will seek appropriate directions to regulate the mining industry.
The state will also inform the SC that it has already suspended mining operations, is currently verifying documents and that mining firms having necessary documents will be allowed to start mining.
The government is under pressure from the mining lobby and mining dependent people to restart mining in the state. In an interim order the Supreme Court had halted all mining operations in the state.
SC had also appointed the central empowered committee (CEC) to inquire into allegations in the Shah Commission report. CEC is expected to submit its report by November 30.
Directorate of mines and geology that was asked to clarify some of the data submitted to CEC, will submit the clarifications on Monday. Similarly, mining companies that were asked to file views in the alleged illegal mining activities in their respective mines are expected to furnish the replies in the coming week. [TOI]