PANAJI: Yet another ‘victim’ of the mining ban in Goa is the state legal metrology department; it’s revenue collection, to be precise.

The collection of verification charges on weighbridges and operation charges on mobile cranes from mining companies has ceased since mining activities came to a halt in September last year.

The controller of legal metrology, Vishwas Naik told TOI that the department would otherwise collect 2,000 as verification charges on weighbridges and 5,000 as operational charges from mining companies on the mobile kit. So far the department has had to forego the annual revenue collection of 10-12 lakh, he said.

Explaining that a weighbridge is used to weigh the net content of ore loaded onto a vehicle, he said the break in mining activities has left weighbridges useless, at least for now.

Further explaining that the central government had provided the state with the mobile kit to check the accuracy of the weighbridges used by mining companies, Naik said the kit is quite useful during surprise checks. It contains block weights and a hydraulic crane mounted on top of a vehicle. There are around 100 weighbridges registered and used by mining companies in Goa.

Naik said the department’s collection of verification charges from mining companies on oil dispensing pumps at mining sites has also ceased. The pumps are installed by mining companies to provide oil and to keep their machinery and vehicles in working condition. The department collects 1,500 as a verification charge on dispensing pumps. While the verification of pumps is done once a year, sometimes inspections are carried out twice in a year if breakdowns are reported, said Naik.