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Notices to be issued against 8 mines in Goa

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 15:45

Panaji: Goa Mines and Geology Department
will issue notices to eight mining units after state-appointed
Shah Commission alleged large-scale irregularities by these

Justice M B Shah, who personally visited few of the
mines, has pointed out the irregularities, official sources of
the department said.

However, Director of the department Arvind Lolienkar
refused to comment on the issue.

A team of Shah Commission is currently camping in Goa and
visiting all the 90-odd mining leases. During his visit last
week, Shah had visited couple of mines.

Out of the eight mines, few are run by Congress
politicians in the state, they said.

Shah, during his visit had inspected two mines Sesa
Goa`s Mulgao mine and Timblo`s Cuddegal mine, where mishaps
had occurred during the ongoing rainy season.

Meanwhile, eight teams of Shah Commission, headed by
panel member U V Singh, are conducting extensive survey of
mines in the state. Singh, who had left Goa along with Shah
on Monday, will be returning on Thursday.

Noted environmentalist Ramesh Gawas said they have full
faith in Shah Commission inquiry.

"There are places like Shirgao, where entire village is
facing threat due to mining. We will bring such cases to the
notice of the commission," he said.

The NGOs and civil society activists have already
submitted their pleas and detailed documents against illegal
mining to Justice Shah.

First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 15:45
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