Panaji, Jul 23 : Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday informed State Legislative Assembly that government was exploring all the options to restart mining operations in the state but time frame could not be given.
In a written reply in response to a starred question tabled by Shiroda MLA Subhash Shirodkar, the Chief Minister, 'The Government is exploring all the options to restart mining operation in the State.' However, Dr Sawant, who also holds Mines and Geology portfolio, said time-frame could not be given for commissioning of working of mines.
'The time frame cannot be ascertained at this stage; however efforts are taken to start the mining operations at the earliest,' he said. In response to another unstarred question tabled by Curtorim MLA Aleix Reginald, the Chief Minister said there were no mining leases functioning within WildLife Sanctuaries.
After Supreme Court ordered banning extraction and transportation of iron ore from 88 mining leases in Goa last year, the issue has been hanging in fire though there have been assurances on various occasions by the government to restart mining. On July 15, 2019, the Chief Minister had informed state assembly that he would be attending a meeting of a group of ministers appointed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to find out modalities for resumption of mining in the state which had been stalled for more than a year.(UNI)