Three members of the Supreme Court-appointed central empowered committee, which has been asked to inquire into the mining scenario, inspected the iron ore mines...
SANQUELIM: Three members of the Supreme Court-appointed central empowered committee, which has been asked to inquire into the mining scenario, inspected the iron ore mines in Bicholim and Sattari talukas on Monday.
Tight police protection was provided to the visiting team, which was headed by Mr P V Jayakrishnan, and consisted of Mr Mahendra Vyas and Mr Chaudhari.
The team was accompanied by head of the NGO that had petitioned the apex court on mining issue, the North Goa collector, Mr Mihir Vardhan, the mines and geology director, Mr Prasanna Acharya, the additional principal chief conservator of forests, Mr Richard D’Souza, mamlatdars, deputy collectors, the deputy superintendent of police, Mr Gajanan Prabhudesai and other officials.
In the morning the delegation visited Bandekar mines at Shirgaon, where a large number of villagers and truck owners were present. However, nobody from the crowd was allowed to go near the mining area, which was being inspected.
Thereafter the CEC members visited five mines owned by Sesa Goa at Dhadhaba, Bicholim. After a halt at Mayem the team proceeded to Pissurlem area where they inspected mines belonging to DMC and Mr R Shetye. Mines at Vaghure and Sonshi were also inspected.
The NGO head briefed the CEC members about mining companies.
During the mines inspection, the Sesa Goa officer Mr Muzumdar said that iron ore is a national property and to use this resource is our national right.
A local resident, Mr Vijaykumar Desai had discussions with committee members.
It is understood that the members while inspecting every mine were having discussions with the NGO head, who explained them the irregularities committed by mining companies at different mines.
On the other hand, mining officials explained the legal aspects to the CEC.