Mining pleas to be heard by SC on December 7


The Supreme Court will on December 7 hear all the applications filed by a few top mining companies and a labour union to join as parties in the main petition filed by the Mapusa based NGO Goa Foundation in the illegal mining case.
Central empowered committee (CEC) is likely to submit the preliminary report to the Supreme Court on Thursday. Sources in CEC said that they are in final stage of preparing the report and that it would be submitted on Thursday.
The applications are filed by Sesa Goa, Goa mining association, south Goa truck owners association, Goa mining labour welfare union and individuals.
Sesa Goa managing director P K Mukherjee said "Through our counsel we want to convey that this matter is required to be heard. We don't want to disclose what is in our plea as it is sub judice."
Another applicant H L Nathurmal, a mining firm whose sole proprietor is Haresh Melwani, said they have moved impleadment application in the Supreme Court.
"I have a plea in the application that I should be heard in the matter as it was ex-parte order and court should permit me to operate as according to us my mines are perfectly legal," Melwani said.
Goa mining labour welfare union general secretary Christopher Fonseca said in the impleadment application that there are many people dependent on mining for jobs.
"We have two points in our application one is that nobody should lose their jobs as mining has come to stand still and second is mining should be nationalized in the state of Goa," said Fonseca.
South Goa truck owners association secretary Satyawan Gaonakar said "We have a plea that the court should look sympathetically into the issue as lakhs of people are dependent on mining."
The state government has also decided to approach the SC with a plea to restart legal mining in Goa as the state's economy and employment depends on the mining industry. The state will file the affidavit after CEC submits its report. [TOI]