In a landmark judgment with far reaching implications, the Supreme Court on February 7 dealt a severe body blow to Goa’s mining magnets by cancelling leases of all 88 mines and ordered that fresh licences be granted through an auction process. Doubtless, the court’s order will cover every one of 88 mines operational in Goa. These licences were given to 88 companies in Goa in 2015.
1. Fresh Leases: Goa should grant fresh mining leases as per the provisions of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957.
2. Green Clearance: Ministry of Environment should grant fresh environmental clearances to the new mining leases as soon as possible.
3. Stop Operation: Mining lease holders illegally given second renewal should stop operations with effect from .
4. File Report: A Special Investigation Team and a team of Chartered Accountants will give a report on the illegalities committed so far.
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.