The Mining Engineers Association of India (MEIA)-Goa Chapter and Polytechnic Mining Alumni Association of Goa (PolyMAAG) has suggested that the state government must ask the center to amend The Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concession (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Lease) Act, 1987 as the only option for earliest resumption of mining in the state.
The association comprising of 200 mining engineers, geologists, metallurgists, geo-scientists, environmental engineers, had a joint seminar on ‘Mining in Goa at Crossroads – Way forward’ on Saturday to deliberate on three options available for resumption of mining in the state- auctioning of mining blocks, forming state run mining corporation and need of ordinance.
The association says resuming mining by auction will take an average of 4-6 years and also restriction on extraction of ore to 20MTPA and poor market value of Goan iron ore will not attract investors.
The members present also noted that a government run mining corporation is not successful in states like Mysore, and Orissa which are facing allegations of illegal mining due to extremely high levels of political intervention and lack of decision making.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday the former president of Mining Engineers Association of India (MEIA) T Victor said that the members of the association has concluded that through a legislative cure changing the appointed day from December 20, 1961 to May 20, 1987 in the Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concession (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Lease) Act, 1987 this means that the lease period for these mines would be reckoned to be 50 years from 1987, thus extending the leases till 2037.
“It is the most effective solution to ensure early and regulated resumption of mining and put the long pending dispute to rest. This will also render the question of validity of renewals granted as inconsequential”, he added
He also said that the constitutional validity of the abolition and declaration of mining concessions as mining leases in 1987 effective from 1961 by the central government is pending before the apex court.
Speaking further the member of Polytechnic Mining Alumni D R Vaze said that the detailed geological study to be undertaken by the state government for reassessment of resources in respect of all the mining lease area which the government proposes to auction which will take atleast three years as well as resumption of mining operations post auctioning of mining leases would on an average take another 2-3 years. However, it would not take less than 5 years to complete the entire process.