Commission begins probe into Goa illegal mining

Goa is the biggest exporter of iron ore in the country.

Panaji: The nine-member Justice MB Shah
Commission, which is probing illegal mining and encroachment
in Goa, has held meetings with officials and eight teams have
been formed to look into the allegations.

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 today.

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.


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