Thaindian News 12/09/2012
Panaji, Sep 12 (IANS) The union environment ministry Wednesday suspended the clearance of 93 mines in Goa on account of companies flouting forest laws.
“The ministry has suspended clearance of all 93 mines and the companies will have to submit all required documents for getting environment clearance afresh,” union Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters here.
The suspension would be with immediate effect and the orders would “follow later”, she added.
Natarajan said that all the mining operators in Goa would have to convince her ministry that they were conducting their affairs legally.
She called Monday’s orders of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, which suspended all mining operations but allowed export of the already extracted ore, “a blatant lie to the people of Goa”.