Panaji: The Ministry of Mines has asked the
Goa government to provide details on low-grade ore dumps that
have piled up alongside extraction sites in the coastal state
by October 18, sources said on Thursday.
The ministry, in a recent meeting held in Delhi, asked the
Goa Mines and Geology Department to submit details of the
dumped ore, while directing the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM)
to oversee that information on these dumps was accurately
recorded, they said.
The Mines and Geology Department, in its submission to the
Ministry of Mines, said 750 million tonnes of ore has piled up
in the form of dumps.
Meanwhile, the state government has ordered the mines "not
to handle the dumps till further orders".
The mining industry in Goa has drawn criticism over
allegations of extraction of ore "exceeding the permissible
The Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA) had
stated that the threshold value of ore with low Fe content has
fallen since 2009, resulting in the creation of dumps for
State Mines Director Arvind Lolienkar, too, confirmed that
"these dumps have accumulated over the last 30 to 40 years".