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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Goa chief minister asks mine owners to construct mining corridor

Panaji: Talking tough, the chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has asked the mine owners to construct the mining corridor, dedicated for ore transporting.

Before the mining operations came to a halt in September 2012, the state government had decided that the mining corridor would be constructed by the government in three phases in South Goa' hinderland. In fact, a tender for the first phase of Rs 86 crore had been floated by Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC). The tender was scrapped in 2013.
At a meeting of mine owners held at chief minister's official residence at Altinho on Friday, Parsekar told them that in the interest of all stakeholders, they should construct the mining corridor. "They can get it done faster too", he said.
The chief minister told the media later that the mine owners have agreed to this proposal. He said lot of issues come up in the absence of a dedicated road for ore transportation. "Once, the mining corridor is constructed, I am sure the villagers too will not have problems with the transportation issue".
To a question, the chief minister said that 20 million tonnes cap on mining would remain unchanged at least for another season.

TOI Goa News

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