Parrikar to press for legal mining at NDC meeting


The contentious issue of suspension of mining operations in Goa will figure at the National Development Council meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on December 27. 
During the NDC meeting Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is set to request the Centre to decide on Environment Clearances (ECs) of mining leases at the earliest, which have been kept in abeyance by Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF). 
Parrikar said that both the State and Central governments need to keep all valid documents ready so that legal mining can be resumed immediately, if permitted by Supreme Court. 
“ECs issue is with Union government, hence it would be discussed with Prime Minister, requesting him to come out with a solution immediately, rather than just waiting for Supreme Court’s verdict,” he said. 
Parrikar on Wednesday flew to Gujarat to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, enroute to New Delhi on Thursday. 
The main agenda for the NDC meet is approval of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), which aims to achieve a difficult economic growth target of 8.2 percent. 
When asked about the river water issues, Chief Minister said that he would seek the intervention of Prime Minister on the issue of Tillari water stoppage to Goa and the ongoing work by Karnataka on the Mhadei water diversion project.
“The meeting will take place on December 28. I will request that Maharashtra government be directed to release water as soon as possible. I have already spoken to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who has assured to resolve the issue at the earliest,” Parrikar said. [H]