In what may provide relief to mine owners, Goa government Friday said the encroachment outside the mining leases is just 9.2 hectare and not whopping 578 hectare, as pointed out by Justice M B Shah Commission.
The Goa government has told the Supreme Court it was willing to introduce competitive auctioning of mining leases.
Goa government plans to collect a total revenue of Rs 240 crore in the form of stamp duty by renewing mining leases in the state, an official said.
Goa Mines and Geology Department is conducting a survey of all mining leases to find out if they encroached upon areas outside their demarcated zones to extract ore.
Goa govt introduced a bill in the legislative assembly that would compel the mine owners to pay stamp duty at the time of renewal of mining leases.
In a bid to identify "rogue" traders,
Goa Government has decided to classify all the 90-odd mining leases in the state into three different categories depending on their mining status.
The CBI told the Special Court for CBI cases that it wanted to investigate the duo over their signatures on the grant of mining lease to the company.
The Madhya Pradesh Congress demanded a CBI enquiry into the alleged role of the CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan in allotment of
mining leases in the state.
Goa has 90-odd operational mines which tap around 54 million metric tonnes of Iron ore annually.
More than half of Goa`s mining leases are close to rivers and water bodies and three are next to a major dam, the State Assembly was told Monday.
Government data tabled during the monsoon session of the Goa assembly reveals that over half of Goa`s 300-odd mining leases in the state are located in close proximity of water bodies.
The Goa Chief Minister is against allowing new mining leases in the state, his office said here Tuesday.
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Showbiz World - September 2, 2014
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