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Panaji:  Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said that if there are no more legal hurdles, than the Iron Ore mining industry in the state would resume in next six months.

Sawant said that he along with the representatives of the mining firms met Union Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi in New Delhi, where all the alternatives to resume the mining were discussed.

“We have decided to fast track the entire process. There is regular  coordination between Goa’s Mines and Geology Department and Union Mines Ministry,” he said.

“If there are no more legal hurdles, than the mining industry in the state can restart within six months. I am confident that it will start during the current mining season,” he said.

The Iron Ore mining industry in the state has come to standstill since 2018 after Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases. The state government has been urging the centre to work out legislative cure to solve the issue as the case regarding the resumption of mining has been pending before the Supreme Court.

Last week, Sawant had said that the state is ready for all the alternatives including auctioning of the mining leases to resume the activity.

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