Encroachment near mining leases only 9 hectare: Goa govt
Goa Government said the encroachment outside the mining leases is just 9.2 hectare and not whopping 578 hectare
Panaji: In what may provide relief to mine owners, Goa government today said the encroachment outside the mining leases is just 9.2 hectare and not whopping 578 hectare, as pointed out by Justice M B Shah Commission.
The state mines and geology department has resurveyed the encroachment outside mining leases and concluded that it is 9.286 hectare, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state Legislative Assembly.
The Justice Shah Commission had surveyed the mining leases with hand-held Global Positioning Survey (GPS) device which has errors, he said.
The Commission had accounted Rs 35,000 crore loss by encroachment outside mining leases going by the figures that encroachment is over 578 hectare, he said.
The state government will move to recover the money from those involved in illegal mining, Parrikar assured.
He said Justice Shah Commission’s report is an interim document and it is not presented to the central Cabinet.
He alleged that the report was sent directly to the Parliament to ensure that the revenue earned from mining by the state government is stopped.
Iron ore extraction had been put on hold in the state last year in wake of an order of Supreme Court, which is investigating the illegal mining through a Central Empowered Committee.