18, Sep 2012
The forest department informed activists led by Claude Alvares of Goa Foundation and activist Ramesh Gauns, that the department has revoked the licences of seven mining companies:
TC No 1/37 Elray Minerals & Company
WILL MINING BE RESTARTED IN GOA THIS YEAR? 43 ECs due to be cancelled says Conservator of Forests All pics: Marvin Fernandes
The meeting between the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Richard D'Souza and the activists was very cordial. The Forest department officials agreed that they would cancel licences of 43 mines once they received the orders from the Ministry of Environment and Forests. So far the orders had not arrived.
AN ANT CAN BRING DOWN AN ELEPHANT, a small group of powerful mining company owners has jeopardised the entire industry
These seven mining companies have been mining inside the buffer zone of the wildlife sanctuaries. The Supreme Court had ruled that there should be a one kilometre buffer zone around wildlife sanctuaries and no heavy industries in a 10 km sone outside that. A small group of mine owners however were adamant and wanted to do away with the buffer zone completely.
"A SMALL POWERFULGROUP HAS JEOPARDISED THE ENTIRE MINING INDUSTRY," says Claude Alvares
"It is only a few mining company owners who are responsible for destroying mining in Goa," Claude Alvares told the media. "Clearly they have jeopardised mining in Goa with their total disregard for the law.." They did not even stop to think of the repercussions on the rest of the industry., he added. The small group of powerful mining company owners have broken all laws because they were close to governments both in the State as well as in the Centre.