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Cap on future mining in Goa proposed

Cap on future mining in Goa proposed

A Goa government panel has recommended capping min­ing activity in the coastal state at 20 million metric tonne in the next four years in order to protect fragile ecosystem and reduce the social stress.Goa Golden Jubilee Development Council (GGJDC), headed by scientist Raghunath Mashelkar, has pointed out that unbridled mining activity has surpassed the social and environmental threshold in the region.

A document, tilted Vision 2035, prepared by the panel has proposed an upper limit at around 20 million metric tonne on mining between 2010-15 to protect deteriorating ecosystem and social stress in the region.The Mashelkar panel has also recommended a ban on mining activity in protected areas like wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and even in the high-sensitive regions of the state.

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