Herald: Find a way to restart mining, truckers warn government

Find a way to restart mining, truckers warn government

17 Mar 2018 06:08am IST

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17 Mar 2018 06:08am IST

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CURCHOREM: Blaming the government for the present mining situation, South Goa Truck Owners Association president Prakash Raut Dessai demanded that the government find a solution to continue mining operations in Goa.

CURCHOREM: Blaming the government for the present mining situation, South Goa Truck Owners Association president Prakash Raut Dessai demanded that the government find a solution to continue mining operations in Goa.

Addressing the media at Sanvordem on Friday, Dessai said that the government had failed to start the mining process as per the earlier Supreme Court order resulting the present mining situation. “I urged the government to find a solution immediately to keep mining on, otherwise the government will not be able to control the agitation of the people,” Dessai said.

Expressing similar sentiments Sesa Goa Truck Owners Association President Vallabh Dalvi said the government is responsible for the current Supreme Court order and urged them to find a solution in the interest of the public.

He also appealed the people to attend the meeting convened on March 17 at Sanvordem to chalk out future course of action.

“Today everyone is eager to know if Goa is safe to send cargo ships to as everyone is uncertain about the mining business,” Mormugao Cargo Ships Association president Manu Takkar said and urged the government to put more efforts to find solutions so mining can continue without further disruption.

He added, “Eight mines which were operating during the current season were the largest and were producing the maximum ore and therefore it was enough to take care of the people for the time being.”

Satyawan Gaonkar said that the situation was different when the mines were stopped in 2012 but now it is uncertain what will happen. “Government has given us many facilities and we had taken them happily without knowing the future effects.”

Sesa Goa Mines Workers Association general secretary Ramesh Sinari expressed fear about the payment of employees’ salaries as the mining leases are no more with the company and thanked the company for supporting them during their difficult time earlier.

Sanvordem Sarpanch Sandip Pawaskar blamed the government for failure to take correct steps at the right time and for giving empty assurances.



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