Panaji: The Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) in Goa
has said they will only allow exports of legally permissible
ore from the port.
MPT Chairman P Mara Pandiyan in a statement, said that
the port will not permit any dubious consignments to leave the
The port`s statement comes in the wake of increasing
illegal mining trade being executed through Goa ports -- MPT
and Panaji Port.
MPT held a meeting recently with the exporters giving
them the directions.
"They should take sufficient care to ensure only legally
permissible iron ore is sent to the port," the Chairman said
adding "if the stipulated rules are not followed, the port
will go to the extent of stopping vessel movement which will
result in heavy loss for the exporter and action will also be
Of the total 54 million metric tonnes of Ore exported
through Goa, majority of it is sent through MPT.
Karnataka Lokayuktas report had pointed out that almost
45 lakh tons of Ore from Karnataka was sent through MPT,
Justice M B Shah Commission is investigating the illegal
iron ore export trade in the state which is pegged between
Rs 1,200-10,000 crore.