BICHOLIM: The mining dependents from Bicholim are worried about their future and are looking to the government for some assistance.
Bicholim taluka is a major hub for mining where several mining companies operate and it would be a blow to several families who are dependent on mining.
The people from these areas are worried as to how they are going to survive this second blow.
It is not just the mining dependents but also people in general who feel the government should come out with a solution to this problem faced by the state.
“There are several families dependent upon mining and the decision would affect the common men severely.” Dr Shekhar Salkar said “the central government should come up with a plan to solve this entire problem which has affected the state.”
The people from some of the mining belt including Pale feel that suicide could be the only option for them as there is no other source of income.
“There is no other alternative for us in Pale if there is no mining. Some of the NGOs say that the ban would last for minimum of five years and if this happens then we do not have any other option than to commit suicide” Santosh Naik from Bhamai Pale states.
Several of the mining dependents had hoped Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar could have resolved the issue.
They hope that this would not be a total ban on mining and at some point of time mining would resume in the state.
“We just hope this would not be a total shutdown as we are dependent on mining for our daily bread.” Vishwash Chodankar from Mayem said.
There are several truck owners who have kept their belongings on mortgage and with the stopping of mining there is no hope of repaying of the loans.
“There are some who have kept their property or golden ornaments as mortgage in banks and with the stopping of mining they have nowhere to go” the secretary of the truck owner's association in Bicholim, Subhash Kinalkar said.
With the ban, not just the truck drivers but also the hotel owners, labourers, spare part owners and other such people who are indirectly dependent upon mining are worried that they would incur a loss.
"There are many who are directly dependent upon mining in Goa including the truck owners, drivers, labourers, spare part owners and their families. This ban would only bring back the situation which we dealt with in 2012" Subhash Kinalkar told.