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Mining cases in Goa

GOA: The crucial hearing in Goa’s mining case, which will decide the fate of mining resumption in the state, is likely to come up in the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Last hearing was scheduled on April 21, but due to Covid-19 pandemic, the matter could not come up. Two mining companies have approached the apex court for extension of mining leases till 2037.

The mining companies had filed special leave petition (SLP) after the high court of Bombay at Goa had dismissed their petitions challenging the Goa, Daman and Diu (Abolition and Declaration of Mining Leases) Act, 1987.

State government before apex court had said that the mining companies had made representation to the mines department contending that under the amendment to section 8 A of the mines and minerals development act, they are entitled to extend their mining leases up to 2037 but it will abide by the decision of the court.

Senior officer said that during August 2015 to March 2018, mining companies had extracted the ore but have not paid royalty. Chief minister Pramod Sawant had said that currently, there is 1.45 MT ore on which royalty has been paid and there is 7.7 MT ore on which royalty has not been paid.