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CM draws PM’s attention to mining, Mhadei, Mopa

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Panaji

During his address at the NITI Aayog meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant raised the issue of mining tangle, Mhadei water dispute and Mopa international airport besides other issues pertaining to Goa.

Sawant, along with the chief ministers of other states, attended the fifth meeting of NITI Aayog under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking to this daily from Delhi, the Chief Minister said that he has urged the Prime Minister during his speech at the meeting that the Centre must intervene to find a solution to the mining tangle in Goa.

“I am very much happy that the Prime Minister mentioned about the mining issue in his concluding speech at the meeting which is a very positive indication for the state of Goa in terms of resolving mining issue in the near future,” he said.

According to Sawant, Modi said that due to the judgment of the Supreme Court in the mining matter, various states including Goa are facing problem of financial growth.

Goa mining has been stopped due to the apex court judgment.

Sawant said that the Prime Minister noted that NITI Aayog must come to a conclusion to resolve mining and other such issues.

“Every chief minister got six minutes to put across views pertaining to his or her state. I raised many issues out of which three are very important which include mining, Mhadei and Mopa airport,” Sawant said. He also raised the issue of water harvesting through mining pits stressing on an amendment to the central Act for the purpose.

The Chief Minister said that the Union Water Resource Minister has assured him that he would hold a meeting with Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka on the Mhadei water dispute.

“The meeting, which is proposed by Union WRD Ministry will not be out-of-court settlement but to understand views of the three states,” Sawant clarified.

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