Nandkumar Kamat, Member, Goa State Environmental Protection Council as well as Member, Goa State Planning Board, on Saturday petitioned Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar requesting him not to permit any river/alluvial sand mining without getting full multi-elemental geochemical analysis of all sand samples from all identified locations for standard trace elements including Gold, Silver, Zirconium, Titanium, Thorium, and Platinum.

Mr. Kamat, a researcher at Goa University, said his submission to the Chief Minister advocated a scientific knowledge-based approach in public policy making on natural resources. “Basically I have been pleading with the past and as well as present government for a knowledge-based approach to mining. And here is an example of Goa's gold-containing-sand being wasted despite high international gold prices,” he said in an e-mail to The Hindu explaining his stand on the issue.


Mr. Kamat said last weekend he found a government advertisement in a local newspaper regarding licensing alluvial sand mining in different blocks in north Goa. Concerned over the issue, he sent messages to officials concerned and Chief Minister Parrikar, who also holds the Mines portfolio, on the issue demanding action on his plea not to permit any sand mining till the government conducted a detailed 39 element geochemical analysis of each and every sand mining locations.

He lamented that none of the authorities gave any acknowledgement of his memorandum so far.

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