While no export of ore has taken place from the state ever since the Supreme Court of India order banning export of ore came into effect from October 5, 2012,
the government is mulling over an application made by Prime Minerals for export of 72,000 metric tonnes of iron ore, which has been “imported” from neighbouring Maharashtra and stacked at Sirsaim jetty.
The application for export of ore was made by the firm following a no-objection certificate issued by the directorate of mines and geology to the firm to export the ore it had imported from Maharashtra, to which the ban imposed by the apex court of the country was “not applicable”.
A senior official in the state administration informed that the proposal was with the government and that several departments were mulling over the request of the firm and that the final decision would be taken at the topmost level, given the fact that it involved the highest judiciary’s order and which was closely keeping a watch on the issue.
The request to export the ore was made by the firm on receipt of the NOC from the mines and geology department to the Captain of Ports. The firm wanted to export the iron ore from the Panaji port. The application after due process by the office of the Captain of Ports has been forwarded to the government for appropriate decision, informed the head of the department Captain James Braganza.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Mormugao Port Trust, Mr P Mara Pandiyan, has said that no ore has been shipped out from the Mormugao port ever since the ban on export of ore from Goa imposed by the Supreme Court of India came into effect nor has any request for exporting the ore from any company has been received by the port authorities till date.
Mr Pandiyan told The Navhind Times on Thursday that ever since the apex court order no ore has been unloaded from any of the mining companies in Goa nor any amount of iron ore has been exported. He also said that no request has been received from any mining company for export of ore from the MPT jurisdiction, so far.
The department of mines and geology has in a statement issued on Thursday stated that the Supreme Court order has not imposed ban import of iron ore from outside the state or outside the country. So also transportation of such imported ore and export of such ore from any leases situated outside the state has not been banned.
The statement also states that an NOC was issued to a firm to export a quantity of only 72,000 metric tonnes of ore stocked in Goa (at the Sirsaim jetty), from a mining lease situated in Maharashtra for export outside the state.
The statement adds that the NOC was issued to facilitate the applicant to complete paper work for export, with a condition that they (applicant mining firm) should obtain an export permit from the mines department before exporting the ore. It also adds that the firm was exporting ore from Maharashtra for the last two years. [NT]