Goa mining scam-chaos on its way


There is expected to be chaos in the Goa assembly when the Bharatiya Janata Party raises the issue of illegal mining. The issue has become a major one with the Shah Commission probing the illegalities pertaining to the mining industry inGoa.

The Shah Commission continues to examine the illegalities committed in the Goamining industry and here are a couple of examples of what they would be probing. The government records show that from the sixty-six mining lessees – 1, 54, 44,245 tons (15 million metric tons in the past three years) where extracted illegally. Even if we take the sale price of that iron ore extracted at only Rs 4000 per metric ton as per the lowest market value of iron-ore sold in the open market; it will give you a sum total amounting to over Rs 6100 crore, which is a estimate of the illegal mining done in Sattari and Sanguem as per the government of Goa own records.
R S Shetye & Bros in its mines, TC No 70/51 had not obtained its Environmental Clearance under the Wildlife Protection Act from the Chief Wildlife Local Warden, yet in 2008-09 it extracted 11,71,234 tons and in 2009-10 it extracted 11,77,707 tons.  If we put a figure to that amount it is a shocking total of over 939 crore.

Sesa Goa in its mines, TC No 6/55 had not obtained its Environment Clearance as well from Wildlife Board yet it extracted in 2008-09 7,45,562 tons, 2009-10 6,65,976 tons and 2010-2011 (up to January) 5,12,378. If we put a figure to that extraction of iron ore it is another shocking amount of over Rs 769 crore. In its mine in TC No 28/51 the company extracted 26,732 tons above the Environmental Clearance Quantity capping which amounts to over Rs 10 crore.
VG Quenim mining lease of TC 16/55 had an Environmental Clearance Quantity capping of only 4,37,000 tons per annum. Yet in 2008-09 it extracted 2,24,683 tons more and in 2009-10 it extracted 2,81,401 more making a gross total over 5,06,083 tons more than what was permitted. It is over Rs 202 crore.
Chowgule & Co in its mine in TC 31/55 also did not obtain its environmental clearance from the wildlife authorities yet it mined 1, 99,937 tons in 2008-09, 2, 32,795 tons in 2009-10 and 1, 20,273 tons up to January 2011. A total of 5, 53,005 tons of iron ore was illegally extracted which amounts to Rs 221 crore. In TC No 41/56 this company has extracted 60,366 illegally since it did not have its EC from the Forest Department. It illegally extracted ore worth over Rs 24 crore.

Damodar Mangalji & Co in TC 95/52 extracted a total of 17,500 tons in the past three years; however it did not have its EC from the CWLW. – An illegal mining worth Rs 7 crores. But in TC No 2/71 for the last three years with EC it extracted 74,708 tons illegally worth 29 crore.
VS Dempo in TC No 20/54 extracted 1, 64,656 above the EC quantity capping for the last three years, illegal mining worth over Rs 65 crore. In TC No 5/54 it extracted 3, 88,352 tons more that EC quantity capping permission worth over Rs 155 crore.

In TC No 7/41 Emco Goa Pvt Ltd had not obtained the EC from the wildlife authorities yet in the past three years it has extracted 99,627 tons from its leased mine worth over Rs 39 crore, illegally. The contractor as per government records is Minas E Minerias De Goa Ltd

In TC No 88/52 Soc. Timblos Irmaos went 28,964 tons above EC quantity capping, when computed it amounts to Rs 11 crore. However, in TC No 87/53 it did not have it EC from the wildlife authorities yet is extracted a total of 10, 70,675 tons of iron ore amounting to Rs 428 crore in the past three years.
VM Salgaocar & Bros in TC No 50/53 extracted a total of 8, 14,999 tons of iron ore even when it did not have it is EC from the wildlife authorities, this ore extract is worth over Rs 325 crore. In the TC No 13/55 the company has extracted 1, 59,383 tons more the EC quantity capping permitted, this iron ore is worth over Rs 67 crore. all this in the past three years
NCP leader Prafulla Hede Company having his mine in TC No 30/50 extracted iron ore even though it did not have the EC clearance of 22,087 tons worth over Rs 8 crore.

Mine lease in the name of the late Cipriano DeSouza in TC No 7/58 even though it had no clearance from the wildlife authorities. This mine extracted iron ore of 1, 52,049 tons in the last three years at a currently valued amount of Rs 60 crore. This mining contractor is Salgaocar Mining Industries
The lessee company Mohanlal Rege in TC No 50/58 according to the Department of Mines record extracted only 3848 tons in the last three years but it did not its EC from the forest department. The value amount when compared to the other companies is Rs 1.53 crore.

The mine lessee belonging to the Late Atmaram Palondicar in TC No 17/49 extracted 2, 10,000 tons of iron ore worth over Rs 84 crore even though it had not got the EC clearance required under the Wildlife Protection Act and from the wildlife authorities.

Shantilal Kushaldas & Bros Pvt Ltd in TC No 28/52 extracted 2, 28,367 tons of iron ore with getting the EC clearance from the forest department even though it got a clearance from the wildlife authorities. The value of the ore extracted is estimated to be over Rs 91 crore.

Chowgule & Co in TC No 22/50 extracted in 2009-10 192,270 tons of iron ore more than the EC quantity capping permissible. The estimated value of this illegal extraction is Rs 76 crore.

In the mining lease belonging to Ravindra T Deulkar at TC No 20/51, 1, 12, 288 tons of iron ore was extracted even though no EC from wildlife authorities was obtained. The estimated value of the illegal mining on this mine is Rs 45 crore.

The contractor of this mine is the Timblos Mineral Pvt Ltd.

In TC No 65/51 belonging to the mining lease holder the Late Amalia Rodrigues Fiquereido even though there was no EC clearance from the Forest Department yet 2, 30,956 was extracted which is worth Rs 92 crore. The contractor to this mine as per government records is Imran Traders.
Sesa Goa in its mine in TC No 69/51 extracted over 36, 46,214 tons of iron ore and it did not even have the EC clearance under the Wildlife Protection Act. It is a shocking amount of Rs 1458 crore according to market estimates in the past three years.

Mines owners Mineira National Ltd in TC No 62/51 extracted 4, 63,866 tons in the past three years over and above the EC quantity capping permitted to this mine. The ore extracted is worth over Rs 185 crore. The contractor is Hardesh Ores Pvt Ltd.

NS Narvekar mines in TC 40/51 did not get its EC clearance from the forest department yet it extracted 3, 23,700 tons in the last three years. The amount is estimated to be worth Rs 129 crore. The contractor to this mine as per government records is Hardesh Ores Ltd.

Soc Timblos Irmaos Ltd in TC No 143/53 extracted 62,803 tons more the EC quantity capping permitted in January 2011; the iron-ore is worth Rs 25 crore.

The mining lease company Sova (Balkrishna Avde) in TC No 45/54 had not EC clearance from the wildlife department yet it extracted 11, 44, 545 tons of iron ore estimated at shocking value of over Rs 457 crore.
In TC No 41/54 belonging to mining lease holder the late Ahilibai Sardesai, without an EC clearance from the wildlife authorities this mine extracted 8, 17,506 tons in the last three years valued at over Rs 327 crore. The contractor of this mine as per government records is VS Dempo & Co Pvt Ltd.
Mines owners Marzook & Cadar Ltd in TC No 4/55 did not have the EC according to the rules of the Wildlife Protection Act and it extracted 3, 06,424 tons in the last three years valued at over Rs 122 crore
In TC No 2/57 belonging to Mahableshwar Garco 1, 21,000 tons of iron ore was extracted even though this mine also did not have its EC clearance according to the Wildlife Protection Act rules. The estimated value in the market is over Rs 48 crore.

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Author: Vicky Nanjappa

just a reporter

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