PANAJI: The exclusive hearing of the public interest litigation on mining filed by Goa Foundation and other related pleas will be taken up by the Supreme Court on September 17 as assured by the court earlier.

The matter was listed on the board on Friday, ending speculation about the likely delay. Mining activities of the six-decades-old industry had come to a grinding halt for the first time in September 2012 after the Supreme Court imposed a ban based on the petition and the basis of Shah Commission report.

The petition had prayed for directions to terminate all leases involved in illegal mining and mining in violation of all environmental and other laws and for action against all violators involved either directly or indirectly. It had also prayed that no mining operation including trading and transportation, inrespective of the mining leases, shall take place unless all statutory sanctions, permissions and approvals are obtained. After Sesa Goa pleaded for permission to transport, sell and export 4.766 million tonnes of mined iron ore, stating that thousands of people dependent on mining have been affected by the ban, the court agreed to take up the matter at an early date.

Courtesy: THE TIMES OF INDIA

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