Panaji :The Goa government on Wednesday approved policy for regularisation of iron ore dumps which are lying outside mining leases.
Speaking to reporters after cabinet meeting, the Chief Minister said policy was in accordance with Supreme Court guidelines and it would regularize mining dump on the government and private lands.
According to the chief minister, low grade ore to the tune of 10 million metric tonnes to 20 million metric tonnes, lying at different places outside the mining leases, could be exported as a part of the policy.
Dr Sawant said the recent amendment to Minerals (Other than Atomic and Hydro Carbons Energy Mineral) Concession (Amendment) Rules, 2021, to further amend the Minerals (Other than Atomic and Hydro Carbons Energy Mineral) Concession Rules, 2016, which came in force from November 12 this year, permits export of dumps.
Overburdened ore, waste rock or below the threshhold value generated during the course of mining or benefication of the minerals could be exported, he added.
Mining activities have been stopped since March 2018 after Supreme Court quashing renewal of 88 mining leases.
The government has been at the receiving end for being unable to revive mining industry in the state.