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Stakeholders worried as no solution in sight to Goa mining crisis

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

With just two days left for the order on closure of activity in to come into effect, industry stakeholders are worried as the government is yet to find a solution to the impending crisis.

The industry stakeholders, who are concerned about the uncertainty hovering over their means of livelihood, met yesterday and demanded that the government seek the Centre's intervention in the matter.

Dhavalikar said he would approach the for help in resolving the matter.

"We will be able to find a solution to the crisis by March 31," the told the stakeholders.

The SC had last month quashed the second renewal of iron ore leases given to 88 companies in in 2015.

The apex court said it was giving time till March 15 to lease holders, who have been granted a second renewal in violation of its previous directions, to manage their affairs.

They are directed to stop all operations with effect from March 16, until fresh leases (not fresh renewals or other renewals) are granted and fresh environmental clearances are granted, the court said.

The stakeholders in the industry include truck owners, who transport the ore from extraction sites to jetties located along the river side.

Nilkant Gawas, the of All Truck Owners Association, said today that so far the had not come out with any solution to the crisis.

"We need to know what is going to happen after March 15. People can't be left in the lurch," he said.

"We are waiting and watching but we also know that there's no solution in sight," Gawas said.

Dhavalikar had earlier said the government feared losses to the tune of Rs 3,500 crore annually and down-scaling of nearly two lakh jobs, if the industry stopped forever.

Meanwhile, the has decided to strictly implement the Supreme Court's order.

The mines and geology department has asked the leases to stop ore extraction activity from 7 pm on March 15.

As far as the and other movable and immovable properties of lease holders are concerned, it will be dealt with in accordance with provisions of the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act 1957, it said.

"The extraction of ore has already been stopped by most of mine owners after the court order. Only six to seven small-time players are right now involved in the extraction of ore," a of the Mineral Ore Exporters Association said.

He also expressed concern over no solution being worked out to ward off the crisis in the industry.

has a limit of extracting 20 million metric tonnes of ore annually.

The total ore production for the financial year 2017-18 stood at 10.41 million tonnes, as per data provided by the directorate of mines and geology.

The production period is restricted to eight months in a year -- from January to May, and from October to December.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 13:10 IST