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Illegal mining: Notices to be issued against 8 mines in Goa

State mines and geology department is in the process of issuing notices to eight mines after the state-appointed Shah Commission observed alleged large-scale irregularities by these mines.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2011 13:59 IST

State mines and geology department is in the process of issuing notices to eight mines after the state-appointed Shah Commission observed alleged large-scale irregularities by these mines.

Sources stated that justice MB Shah, who personally visited few of the mines, has pointed out the irregularities at these mines.

Director of the department Arvind Lolienkar however refused to comment on the issue.

A team of Shah Commission is currently camping in Goa and visiting all the 90-odd mining leases. During his visit last week, Shah had visited couple of mines.

Sources stated of the eight mines, out of which, few are run by Congress politicians in the state.

Shah, during his visit had inspected two mines – Sesa Goa's Mulgao mine and Timblo's Cuddegal mine, where mishaps had occurred during the ongoing rainy season.

Meanwhile, eight teams of Shah Commission, headed by Commission member U V Singh, are conducting extensive survey of mines in the state. Singh, who had left Goa along with Shah on Monday, will be returning on Thursday.

Noted environmentalist Ramesh Gawas said that they have full faith in Shah Commission inquiry.

"There are places like Shirgao, where entire village is facing threat due to mining. We will bring such cases to the notice of the commission," he said.

The NGOs and civil society activists have already submitted their pleas and detailed documents against illegal mining to Justice Shah, when he had public hearing on Saturday.