A day after the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) imposed moratorium on new mining proposals for environment clearance in Goa pending state mining policy, the Chief Minister's office on Tuesday said that the letter was in response to the state government's request against allowing any more mining leases in the state.
"Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat earlier this month had written to MoEF asking that no new mines be allowed in the state," Suresh Walve, media advisor to Chief Minister, told PTI.
He claimed that Kamat was himself against allowing any new mines in the state.
Union Environment and Forest minister Jayram Ramesh in a letter on Monday had imposed moratorium on environment clearance for new mining proposals in the state.
He had also informed the state to co-operate with National Environment Engineer Research Institute (NEERI), which was entasked to conduct detailed Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) of mining in Goa.
The minister had said that the time has come for a comprehensive environmental impact assessment of all the mining activities that have taken place and for which permissions have been given over the past few years.