The Centre has ordered an inspection to ascertain whether dump mining is taking place in Goa amid complaints that the activity is being carried out in the state without obtaining environmental clearance.

“It came to the notice of the Ministry of Environment and Forests that mining from low grade ore/rejects dumps is being carried out in Goa without obtaining requisite environment clearance,” Environment and Forest Minister Jayanthi Natarajan told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

She said her ministry has asked officials of its regional office in Bangalore and Central Pollution Control Board to ascertain the facts and also asked the state government to take necessary action if any such activity is taking place.

Natarajan said the state government has responded, stating that no dump mining has been allowed in the state.

(This article was published on September 4, 2012)
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