A new mineral policy notified by Goa government on Saturday speaks of no new extraction of ore at least temporarily but envisages movement of already extracted and staked or stocked ore at the mine-head or jetty and of which inventory has already been taken by the Director of Mines and Geology, Goa.
The policy caps gross iron ore extraction from Goa at 45 million tonnes per annum on the available transportation using public roads.
The policy, which would be submitted before the Supreme Court in the ongoing illegal mining case, states that inter-generational equity capping shall be decided by the State depending upon and pursuant to an environmental impact assessment study by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).
The iron ore mining activity in Goa is currently banned following a directive of the Supreme Court, which is hearing a public interest petition over illegal mining in the State.
“We have decided to appoint NEERI to guider us and recommend to us the optimal level of fresh mining that can be undertaken,” said Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar here on Tuesday in the context of the policy.
Swearing by sustainable and regulated mining and transportation, the Goa Mineral Policy mentions that it would take three months for the NEERI study to complete, after which the level of fresh mining can be decided by Goa Mines and Geology Department.
The policy further stated that the State government would review the cap periodically as and when dedicated mining transport corridor is made available or carrying capacity of the road is enhanced.