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Lobby demands restarting of mining in Goa

Industry lobby in Goa call for restarting mining operations in the state, albeit with some restrictions. Some groups advocate nationalization of the iron ore mining industry in Goa.

Environment activists and industry lobby debate on the nature of restrictions to be imposed on mining operation in the state. Some activists call for restrictions in consonance with prioritized necessity to protect Goa's environment and also in consonance with India's domestic national needs of steel production for the country's development.

Consequently, these activists call for bringing the mines under Goa-government control through a 'Goa Mining Development Corporation' in the public sector."

Activists pointed out that there are no mine owners in Goa, only mining lease holders who have plundered the land and such business cannot be allowed to continue.

Profit-motivated mining by private mining companies will neither achieve the goal of environment-protection, nor would be amenable to any 'control' on amount of extraction, since their sole motive is to export as much ore as possible, some activists said.

Activists also call for restoration of the mining pits as it would lead to legality of mining. They claim that without restoration of these mines, all the mining done in Goa can be termed as totally illegal.

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