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Panaji: The rampant transportation of iron ore from the 37 operational mines was attributed to high level of pollution in the mining belts for the year 2017-18, reveals the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) annual report.

The GSPCB’s annual report 2018-19 released today on the occasion of World Environment Day, states that the particulate matter (PM10) exceeded permissible level by 60 to 100 per cent in between April 2017 to March 2018.

The data is of air pollution along the mining rich areas of Amona, Bicholim, Codli, Honda, Sanguem, Tilamol-Quepem and Usgaon.

The PM10 (particulate matter of 10 microns diameter/dust pollution), whose permissible limit is 40 mpcm, had crossed 75 mpcm during the year.

“The data indicates that the levels of SO2, NO2and PM2.5 level are within the permissible limits; whereas PM10 is exceeding permissible limit at Amona, Bicholim, Codli, Honda, Sanguem, Tilamol-Quepem and Usgaon,” the report said.

Mining activities in the State came to standstill on March 16 as per Supreme Court order dated February 7.

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