In an oblique reference to judicial intervention in matters related to environment, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said only governments should decide on the economic trajectory of the nation.
Mining belt in North Goa, which was once buzzing with activity, seems impervious to the high-octane election campaign steered by BJP and Congress as people are more concerned about resumption of mining which was their major source of livelihood.
The ban on mining of iron ore in Goa will continue as the Supreme Court on Monday extended the time by a month for submission of the report by the panel which was asked to suggest the annual cap on volume of iron ore to be extracted.
Not a single person was killed in road accidents involving trucks in the extraction activity since September last when mining was stopped on the directives of the Supreme Court, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the House .
Facing adverse impact of a ban on mining in the State, the Goa Government has told the Supreme Court it was willing to introduce competitive auctioning of mining leases subject to legal permission for the same.