Goa leaders seek Centre’s help to continue mining activity

first_imgA multi-party political delegation from Goa met Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi on Monday, urging the Central government to find a way to allow mining to continue in the State.The delegation, led by Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, included Health Minister Vishwajit Rane of the BJP, Speaker Pramod Sawant and Congress MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar, among other legislators. The Supreme Court, on February 7, cancelled all 88 operational iron ore mining leases in Goa. It directed that amining activity should stop after March 15 and the leases be issued afresh. Loss to StateIn a memorandum submitted to the minister, the delegation said that the mining leases be renewed by 20 years instead of being issued afresh. “We have expressed our concerns to the Union government that re-issuing the mining leases as directed by the Supreme Court will result in stopping of mining activity for more than a year, which is an economic loss for Goa and its people. We have demanded that mining leases be renewed for 20 years instead,” Mr. Halarnkar said. The delegation was expected to meet Union Minister for Mines Narendra Singh Tomar later in the day.last_img