October 20, 2020

Goa: SC reserves verdict in plea seeking extension for ore transportation | Goa News

PANAJI: The Supreme Court on Monday reserved judgement on a petition filed by a mining company seeking more time to transport royalty paid ore.
The company approached the court stating that the extension was being sought as factors beyond their control had affected ore transportation.
The factors, according to the company, include time taken by the state authorities to issue transit permits, time taken to clear stockyards, which had a huge backlog due to the high court judgment, stoppage of transportation during lockdown imposed due to Covid-19, restrictions imposed on extent of transportation (trips per hour), even after transportation was allowed, limited availability of labour due to the restrictions on passenger transport and the hysteria surrounding the pandemic.
Mine leaseholders had challenged an order of the high court that had stopped transportation of iron ore mined after March 15, 2018. The Supreme Court had allowed mining leaseholders in the state to transport mined iron ore extracted between February 7 and March 15, 2018, and lying at the pitheads, stockyards or any other storage places.
Claiming “widespread’ abuse of the SC order passed in January allowing ore transportation for six months, the Goa Foundation had filed an application opposing the plea of the mining company.
Stating that the erstwhile lease holders are enjoying the support of the government and lifting ore, the NGO has sought clarification of the SC order.

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