Commission begins probe into Goa illegal mining
Each team has been given a list of 12 mines in the state which has more than 90 that extract around 54 million metric tones of ore annually.
Karnataka's Chief Conservator of Forests U V Singh is heading the inquiry panel that will inspect the sites and probe the matter over the next 20 days.
Besides illegal extraction of ore, the commission will also probe encroachment by mining firms.
"We will also see whether mining firms have encroached upon any additional land other than the mining leases," a senior official said on Wednesday.
He said that even those mining firms that illegally hold additional land, but not extract ore from there, would be inspected and probed.
Goa is the biggest exporter of iron ore in the country.