Goa govt to inspect mines ahead of monsoon

Panaji: Goa government has asked the district administration officials to begin monitoring the mining sites from the safety angle ahead of the monsoon.

District Collector Mihir Vardhan said that committees, led by sub-divisional magistrates, will ensure that all the safety precautions are in place at these sites, which are prone to accidents after heavy downpour.

After three mining disasters in the last monsoon, the monitoring committee, headed by district collector was formed by the state government, which had the representatives of Indian Bureau of Mines, State Mines and Geology Department, Mines Safety and other agencies.

Vardhan said that the inspection of mines will begin from April 1 and will continue for one and half month till May 15.

The Mines and Geology Department will take action against the mining sites, which do not adhere to the precautions, he said.

Three people had died and several injured in three mining mishaps during last rainy season. Mulgao village was inundated, after the pond stocking water on the mining site breached in July 2011.