‘No deadline for probe into Goa illegal mining’

Last Updated: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 20:02

Panaji: The Central government-appointed
Justice MB Shah Commission on Monday said there is no specific
time-frame to finish the enquiry initiated into the illegal
mining trade in Goa.

"There is no deadline. As soon as we finish we will
submit the report," UV Singh, a senior member of the
Commission told reporters after holding discussion with the
senior officials including Additional Principal Chief
Conservator of Forests Dr Shashi Kumar and Director of Mines
and Geology Arvind Lolienkar, here.

Justice RA Mehta, a consultant for the Commission, has
also joined the team in Goa which has been going through the
records.

Initial reports had suggested that probe would end by
October 25.

Singh said it is not decided whether the report would be
in two phases or a single report would be prepared on Goa
illegal mining.

Shah Commission had began investigation into Goa?s
illegal mining trade since September. The teams have already
inspected all the 90-odd operational mines and 30-odd non
operating mines in the state.

Sources said eight different teams were formed which will
revisit all the mines to cross verify the data.

"There are some discrepancies which have been noticed and
we want to bring them on record," a senior member said
refusing to divulge more details.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 20:02

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