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Goa govt to announce new mining policy soon

The Goa government will soon announce the state's mining policy and amend the rules for transportation of ore, which is expected to curb illegal mining activity in the state.

The mining policy is taking final shape and would be announced by 15 July, state's mines and geology director Prasanna Acharya said on Friday.
The policy was kept open for suggestions and objections earlier last year.

Acharya said the policy will be more pragmatic in its approach towards the mining business and curbing illegalities in it.Sources in the state Mines Ministry said that the policy has recommended a cap of 45 million metric tones of iron ore export annually to curb the increasing tapping of natural resources from the coastal state.

The state government is also in the final process of framing rules for section 23 of Mines and Mineral (Regulation and Development) Act, 1957, under which the storing, transportation and illegal trade would be monitored.The rules would be placed before the state Mines Ministry, he added.
Sources stated that as per new rules, the 'fly-by-night' operators indulging in illegal mining would be banned. Also, illegal storage of the ore would be brought under control.
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