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Mining dept to clear vessels carrying iron ore from Goa: Kamat

In the backdrop of allegations of illegal mining, Goa government has decided that vessels carrying iron ore from ports in the state to other countries.



Panaji: In the backdrop of allegations of
illegal mining, Goa government has decided that vessels
carrying iron ore from ports in the state to other countries
will have to take clearance from the state mining department
before leaving the port.

Chief Minister Digamber Kamat said today that the mining
department will verify all the consignments that leave the
state`s ports to verify whether they have paid royalty or not.

"We have written to Panaji Port and Mormugao Port Trust
(MPT). They (vessels) will be allowed to leave the state only
after they pay the entire royalty and obtain certificate from
mining department," he told the state assembly.

Kamat said he is prepared for a consensus on mining in
Goa.

"I will try to take all the stakeholders, including MLAs
from mining area, into confidence," he said.

Kamat said he had taken the Leader of the Opposition into
confidence while drafting the mining policy.

"I am the first Chief Minister in the country to write to
Union Minister for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh,
asking him not to give environment clearance till mining
policy is ready," he said.

Kamat said the union government was bringing
"revolutionary" changes in the Mines and Minerals Regulation
and Development (MMRD) Act, which is why Goa has decided to
hold on to the mining policy.

He said mining revenue was a major contributor to the
state exchequer.

"Revenue to the tune of Rs 295.25 crore was collected
from mining after the royalty was charged on ad valorem
basis," he added.

PTI

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