Goa’s geological and mineral map unveiled, CM chairs the meeting

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Panaji: Chief minister Dr Pramod Sawant on Tuesday chaired the meeting of State Geological Programming Board 2024, unveiling the geological and mineral map of Goa.
The state government spokesman said that the Sawant chaired the Goa State Geological Programming Board Meeting 2024 today in the presence of Narayan Gad, Director of Mines and Geology, along with other dignitaries and officials.

“During the meeting, the Geological and Mineral Map of Goa, along with the District Resource Maps for North and South Goa were unveiled,” the spokesman said.
He said during the meeting several crucial topics including exploration of mining leases to be funded through the National Mineral Exploration Trust (NMET).

“The board deliberated on the empanelment of agencies under the Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG),” he said adding that another key point of discussion was the strengthening of the DMG office by establishing a laboratory for mineral analysis.

“The laboratory will be equipped with advanced instruments procured through NMET funds,” he said.

The spokesman said that the discussion during the meeting also included discussion on the profile of existing iron ore dumps will be studied by DMG-empanelled agencies utilizing NMET funds.

“The Geological Survey of India (GSI) will extend its support to the DMG, Goa, in preparing proposals to tap NMET funds. Additionally, the GSI will assist in the preparation of geological reports for mineral blocks slated for upcoming auctions,” he said.

The spokesman said that Goa Government is committed to adopting advanced technology and scientific methods to ensure the efficient and environmentally responsible utilization of the state’s mineral resources.

Sawant also revised the status of all the 9 auctioned mining blocks to ensure speedy clearances and resumption of mining activities. All the nine auction holders and the officers of Pollution Control Board, Environment Department, Forest Department etc. were present, he said.

State Environment Impact Assessment Authority has been directed to complete the process of granting Environmental Clearances expeditiously. Also, other officials have been directed , grant the permissions as soon as possible, he said.

Based on the review it is concluded that around 3-4 mines will be operational by Sep-Oct 2024. Hon’ble Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant also directed the auction lease holder of Shirgao to exclude the area of Shri Lairai Temple and habitation in and around the area.

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