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12 mining leases in Sonshi denied ‘Consent to Operate’

30 Apr 2017 08:05pm IST

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30 Apr 2017 08:05pm IST

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PANJIM: Holding that the iron ore mining leases have exceeded their air pollution limit, the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has refused to grant Consent to Operate to 12 of the 13 mining leases operational in the Sonshi village of Sattari taluka.

PANJIM: Holding that the iron ore mining leases have exceeded their air pollution limit, the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has refused to grant Consent to Operate to 12 of the 13 mining leases operational in the Sonshi village of Sattari taluka. 

The only lease that is allowed to operate currently is that of V G Quenim, as its consent expires in August. 

The Board, which monitored air at the common air ambient quality monitoring station at Honda, has directed the mining companies to install air ambient quality monitoring station in consultation with the board to monitor air quality at different locations. 

The mining firms, including Fomento and Vedanta Ltd, have been asked to prepare an action plan to control air pollution in the area and submit the same before the Board latest by May 1, for further decision. 

Last week, taking suo motu cognizance of the media reports that said that Sonshi village is adversely affected due to mining ore transportation, High Court had issued notices to the State government, and pollution board. Following which an inspection was carried out based on which show cause notices were issued to 13 lease holders for causing air pollution in the vicinity of the village. 

The lease holders had approached the Board for renewal of consent to operate of their mines. Total 38 applications were discussed during the meeting held on Friday. 



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