Goa mine owners will have to wait for more time to get clearance for additional mining leases and renewals as the State government has further delayed the formation of its mining policy.

Chief Minister Digamber Kamat told the State environment protection council yesterday that the mining department is waiting for re-drafting of Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMRD) Act by the Centre.

Mr. Kamat told the council, chaired by Goa governor Dr S S Sidhu, that there is no point in having State mines policy till the State goes through the re-drafted MMRD Act.

The Union Environment and Forest Ministry had put moratorium on further mining activity in the State in the absence of State mines policy this year.

Goa government has already formed a draft mining policy which is yet to take the final shape.

Goa exports around 40 million tones of iron ore through its two ports - Mormugao Port Trust and Panaji Port.

The council, which met at Raj Bhavan on Thursday, also discussed measures to reduce the response time in case of calamity.

The Governor said the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), a research institute of council of scientific and industrial research, is asked to conduct a comprehensive survey on impact of climate change in the State.

“NIO will submit the exact situation on the state’s coast to the State government,” Mr. Sidhu said, adding that the corrective action could be initiated in consultation with the institute.

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