Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has said that his Government will not allow the export of iron ore from ports in Goa without verifying the certificates issued by Central and State authorities.

Talking to presspersons after visiting the Datta Peetha shrine on Kurvakala island in Raichur taluk on Thursday, Mr. Kamat said that iron ore was being exported from two ports in Goa. However, his Government had asked the port authorities to examine the certificates issued by the competent authorities before giving permission to export the ore.

Answering a question, the Chief Minister said that he was not ready to speak on the ongoing dispute between Karnataka and Goa on the implementation of the Kalasa Banduri nala project as the issue was sub judice.

When asked about his Government's role in improving the historical peetha of Datta Muni here, Mr. Kamat said that the peetha was an important pilgrimage centre for the people of Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He said he would discuss with the Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh governments a proposal to implement a joint special package for improving facilities at the centre.

When his attention was drawn towards the pending construction of three bridges across the Krishna to provide access to the Kurvakala and Kurvakurd islands, the Goa Chief Minister said that he would discuss the issue with the Raichur district administration and later take it up with his Karnataka counterpart.

Later, Mr. Kamat held a discussion with the Raichur Deputy Commissioner V. Anbu Kumar on this issue.

We'll discuss proposal for improving facilities at Datta Peetha, says Kamat