Auctioning mining leases only solution to iron ore extraction in Goa, says Manohar Parrikar

Panaji: Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said that there was no other option other than auctioning mining leases to resume iron ore extraction in the state, which is set to stop from March due to a Supreme Court order.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The apex court had recently quashed 88 mining leases in the state, with extraction of ore allowed only up to 15 March, 2018. "We are not in favour of forming any kind of corporation to handle these leases. The proposal for forming a corporation is not viable as the state government will invite multiple problems," Parrikar said in a statement.

Parrikar was responding to the demand of forming a state-run corporation to handle the mining business.

"Now, it's only auction which can resolve the issue, but in an auction we cannot restrain anyone from participating," he said, adding that the state was studying all aspects of the Supreme Court order.

He said that there seemed to be variations in the earlier orders of the court, adding that his government would ensure that mining resumed in Goa as early as possible.

He said that the  closure of the leases would not have a major revenue impact on the government but "those dependent on mining could face the heat of the order".

Updated Date: Feb 13, 2018 09:19 AM

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