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Movement of royalty-paid ore from outside lease areas gets green signal

Story: The | Goan | 22nd March 2018, 02:07 Hrs

PANAJI: The Directorate of Mines and Geology on Monday agreed to allow the transportation of extracted ore for which royalty has already been paid after the acting Chief Secretary, at a meeting on Wednesday sought that the transportation of royalty paid ore, taken out of leasehold areas, could continue.
At a meeting of several officials held on Wednesday, P Krishnamurthy, the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, who was holding the charge as the Chief Secretary informed that the Advocate General has already opined that the transportation of royalty paid ore situated outside the leasehold areas can be carried out beyond March 16.
The Director informed that his office was ready to allow transportation of ore beyond leasehold area, in fact, the barges loading from jetties is going on. “However, the leaseholders themselves are in the process of filing submissions etc because of which no transportation was carried out today on road,” he informed.
Director assured Chief Secretary that a most transparent mechanism shall be put in place and use of dynamic website of the department shall be used to provide real-time information with regards the details of stock extracted and produced, the details of ore dispatched outside leasehold areas till 7 pm of March 15 so also the ore lying with the leasehold area.
The Chief Secretary then took stock of the details of production till March 15, and the stacks which are already moved out of leasehold areas.
The movement of ore is expected to begin soon.