Goa government has ordered suspension of an iron ore and bauxite mine being managed by a Congress leader after its name figured in the list of the mines that have allegedly violated the norms in this regard, a senior official told PTI on Sunday.
The orders were issued after the mining site operated by Congress leader Dinar Tarcar was found to be extracting ore exceeding the permissible limit, a senior Mines and Geology department official told PTI.
Tarcar was carrying out mining activity after securing a Power of Attorney from the mine owner.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), headed by the Leader of Opposition, Manohar Parrikar, has also made a mention about the particular mine, whose illegality was tracked through Google earth imagery, he added.
The department of mines and geology in the notice issued on September 28 had pointed out that the concerned mine exceeded the permissible limit of iron ore and bauxite extraction as permitted under the Environment Clearance (EC), granted by the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF).
Goa Mines and Geology Director Arvind Lolienkar said "the department had received several complaints against the mining site claiming there has been excessive extraction of the ore".
Tarcar, who had contested on Congress ticket in Panaji assembly constituency, was defeated by Manohar Parrikar in the 2007 assembly polls.