Goa: Land Mine Explodes

Goa: Land Mine Explodes
The Exclusive Details of the Shah Commission Report on illegal mining in Goa
 
NOTE: Presented below are the details available to us of the Shah Commission of Enquiry, set up by the Union Mines ministry to probe illegal mining in all the mineral rich states across the country - Goa, Karnataka, Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. The team under former Supreme Court Justice MB Shah surveyed Goa's operating mines for two months, using 8 teams of 3 members each. The report is in its final stages, before submission. It is standard media practice to get access to such reports or other forms of official documentation through legitimate sources. Our intent is not to undermine either the Commission of Enquiry or the activism against illegal mining. In fact, quite the contrary, this is the second such investigation we have done in the past 2 months on mining violations in Goa. Suffice to say that these are the precise pointers contained in the report at the time when we were given access to it; in fact, that access would not have been possible had the source/s not wished for some or all part of the findings to be given public airing. 

The Shah Commission report is divided into two parts.  
 
Part 1 lists 8 violations under various sections of Mining Law. In some of the cases, specific mines were mentioned as annexures.
 
1. Mines operating without deemed extension
 
2. Mines not following Bombay High Court directions Order # 77 of 18.07.03
 
3. Mines violating Wildlife Protection Act, Forest Act
 
4. Mines violating  Rule 13 of MCDR, 1988: Mining operations to be in accordance with mining plans (see list below)

5. Mines violating Rule 31, 37 and 46 of MCR, 1960: Lease to be executed within six months, transfer or assignment of lease (see list below)

6. Mines violating Rule 38 of MCR, 1960: Amalgamation of lease (see list below)
 
7. Transportation of ore without permit
 
8. Mines operating and extracting ore from outside leased areas
 
Part II of the report deals with Forest Act and Environmental Protection Act violations. This was still being completed at the time when we went to press.

 
In addition, the Report contains the following observations:
 
Justice Shah seems to have reacted strongly to the  public hearings conducted as part of the report, where members of the truck owners associations whose trucks transport the ore packed the hearings and didn't let anyone speak. According to the Commission, the truck owners, most of whom are local Goans from villages in the mining areas argued that while there is illegal mining, it should be permitted since many livelihoods depended on it.
 
In response, Justice Shah writes:
 
'Are we going to regularise illegality'
 
'Concerned departments of state and Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) failed to control illegal mining for reasons best known to them'
 
'Reason may be corruption'

 
The report also recommends :
 
'A ban an iron ore exports from Goa'
'Nationwide ban on iron ore exports till remedy found'
'Ore exports main cause of corruption and illegality'
'Estimate reserves, then decide exports'


(Currently, Goa exports 100% of its ore, almost all of which goes to China. Goa exported 53 million tonnes of ore last year. Its exports account for roughly 50% of all ore exported by India. The state meanwhile earned Rs. 966 crores as mining royalty in 2010.)
Annexures (as per Shah Commission Report) :
 


Mines violating Rule 13 of MCDR, 1988:
 
  5/49 - Chowgule & Co. - Bicholim
13/49 - Chowgule & Co. - Bicholim
76/52 - Sesa Goa - Bicholim
14/52 - Badruddin Hussainbhai Mavani - Sanguem
5/53 - Aleixo Manuel Da Costa - Sanguem
42/56 - Kunda Gharse - Sanguem
17/49 - Atmaram Palondicar (Late) - Sanguem
6/55 - Sesa Goa - Sattari
3/51 - Sesa Resources - Sanguem
35/52 - Sesa Resources - Sanguem
59/51 - Zoira I Neogui (Late) - Sanguem
2/51 - M.S Talaulikar & Sons - Sanguem
70/51 - R.S Shetye & Bros. - Sattari
31/55 - Chowgule & Co. - Sattari
55/51 - Geetabala M. Parulekar - Sattari
95/52 - Damodar Mangalji & Co. - Sattari
62A/52 - Sunanda D. Bandodkar (Late)  - Bicholim
83/52 - V.M Salgaocar & Bro. - Bicholim
29/54 - V.M Salgaocar & Bro. - Bicholim
35/55 - Soc. Timblo Irmaos - Bicholim
41/56 - Chowgule & Co - Sattari
31/53 - Chowgule & Co - Bicholim
34/55 - Zarapkar & Parkar - Sanguem
62/51 - Miniera Nacional - Sanguem
 
Mines violating Rule 31, 37 and 46 of MCR, 1960:
 
11/41 - Sesa Mining Corp - Bicholim
12/41 - Sesa Mining Corp - Bicholim
13/41 - Sesa Mining Corp - Bicholim
14/41 - Sesa Mining Corp - Bicholim
15/41 - Sesa Mining Corp - Bicholim
14/52 - Badruddin Hussainbhai Mavani - Sanguem
63/51 - Rajesh Timblo - Sanguem
6/55 - Sesa Goa - Sattari
10/49 - Sesa Goa - Bicholim
21/54 - Sesa Resources - Bicholim
16/55 - V.G Quenim (Late) - Sattari
3/51 - Sesa Resources - Sanguem/Quepem
10/51 - Haider Kassim Khan (Late) - Quepem
35/52 - Sesa Resources - Sanguem
59/51 - Zoira I Neogui (Late) - Sanguem
95/52 - Damodar Mangalji & Co - Sattari
 
Mines violating Rule 38 of MCR, 1960:
 
11/41 - Sesa Mining Corp - Bicholim
12/41 - Sesa Mining Corp - Bicholim
13/41 - Sesa Mining Corp - Bicholim
14/41 - Sesa Mining Corp - Bicholim
15/41 - Sesa Mining Corp - Bicholim
5/49 - Chowgule & Co. - Bicholim
13/49 - Chowgule & Co. - Bicholim
14/52 - Badruddin Hussainbhai Mavani - Sanguem
63/51 - Rajesh Timblo - Sanguem
6/55 - Sesa Goa - Sattari
10/49 - Sesa Goa - Bicholim
21/54 - Sesa Resources - Bicholim
16/55 - V.G Quenim (Late) - Sattari
3/51 - Sesa Resources - Sanguem/Quepem
10/51 - Haider Kassim Khan (Late) - Quepem
35/52 - Sesa Resources - Sanguem
59/51 - Zoira I Neogui (Late) - Sanguem
50/53 - V.M Salgaocar & Bro - Sanguem
13/53 -  V.M Salgaocar & Bro - Sanguem
23/53 - Emco Goa - Sanguem
7/41 - Emco Goa - Sanguem
70/51 - R.S Shetye & Bros. - Sattari
83/52 - V.M Salgaocar & Bro - Bicholim
29/54 - V.M Salgaocar & Bro - Bicholim
41/56 - Chowgule & Co - Sattari
31/53 - Chowgule & Co - Sattari
33/53 - Damodar Mangalji & Co - Bicholim
12/52 - N.S Narvekar (Late) - Sanguem
70/52 - Sesa Goa - Sanguem
40/51 - N.S Narvekar (Late) - Sanguem
22/50 - Chowgule &Co - Sanguem
40/50 - V.D Chowgule (Late) - Sanguem
16/51 - V.D Chowgule & Co - Sanguem
126/53 - Sesa Goa - Sanguem
 

Story First Published: November 21, 2011 17:58 IST

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