Vedanta Resources mines operated illegally in Goa: ministerMarch 17th, 2011 - 11:46 am ICT by IANS
Panaji, March 17 (IANS) Five mines operated by companies owned by Vedanta Resources have been pulled up by the Goa government for illegalities in mining operations in the last financial year, Forest Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues has said.
In a written reply to a query from an opposition legislator in the state assembly Wednesday, Rodrigues said the forest department had noticed 17 instances of illegal mining in the last three years in Goa’s forested areas.
According to the written reply, three separate complaints were filed against officials of Dempo mining corporation and Sesa Goa Ltd for illegal mining in forest areas in Bicholim and Sanguem sub-districts in north and south Goa respectively.
In two other instances, the forest department also warned officials of V.S. Dempo & Company against using forest land for transportation of ore and ferrying of trucks, the reply stated.
Dempo mining corporation, V.S. Dempo and Company and Sesa Goa Ltd were acquired by billionaire Anil Agarwal-owned Vedanata Resources in the recent past, making the latter the biggest player in Goa’s mining industry that exports nearly 45 million tonnes of iron and manganese ore annually.
Illegal and unchecked mining is a sensitive issue in Goa, with both civil society groups and the opposition repeatedly voicing their concern over the issue.
According to data submitted in the monsoon session of the Goa assembly, ore worth Rs.4,000 crore was illegally mined and exported out of Goa to countries like China, Japan and Romania.
According to Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, nearly 18 percent of Goa’s total 40 million mining output comprises illegally-mined ore.
He has also accused Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and several of his cabinet ministers of being hand-in-glove with the illegal mining mafia.
- Award for Goa company accused of illegal mining - Mar 18, 2011
- Pawar aide's illegal mine being probed: Goa minister - Mar 17, 2011
- Tigers in Goa? Forest minister dodges queries - Aug 08, 2011
- Goa firms get show cause for pollution - Aug 08, 2012
- Goa plans to revive 60 mines in sanctuary - Oct 29, 2011
- 182 mining leases in Goa near water bodies: Minister - Aug 02, 2010
- Goa to probe if excessive mining causing cracks in houses - Jul 26, 2012
- Goa's illegally operated mines asked to shut down - Aug 03, 2011
- Goa to frame new mining policy - Jul 30, 2010
- Goa PAC to probe illegal mining in forests - Aug 10, 2011
- After Goa's illegal iron ore mining, is gold mining next? - Oct 05, 2011
- Mining firms encroaching on government land: Kamat - Apr 06, 2011
- Illegal mining will trigger crisis in Goa: NGO - Mar 21, 2011
- Mining association admits to illegal exports from Goa - Nov 21, 2011
- China using up Goa's iron ore: Report - Sep 08, 2012
Tags: china japan, civil society groups, forest areas, forest department, forest minister, forested areas, goa assembly, goa government, hand in glove, kamat, leader of opposition, manganese ore, mining corporation, monsoon session, panaji, sensitive issue, sesa goa, south goa, vedanta resources, worth rs