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Senior Goa BJP Leader Says Party Will Face Resentment of People If Mining Problem Not Solved Soon

Mining came to a standstill in Goa in March 2018 after SC quashed 88 leases and banned extraction of iron ore.

Panaji, Feb 4 (PTI) Senior Goa BJP leader Nilesh Cabral Monday said his party might have to face the resentment of people in the state’s two Lok Sabha seats if the mining impasse is not resolved soon.

Mining came to a standstill in Goa in March last year after the Supreme Court quashed 88 leases and banned the extraction of iron ore.

“We are trying our best to solve the problem. There is no difference of opinion that mining should resume. The government also knows if this issue is not solved, then the people living in the mining belt will not be with us,” Cabral, the state Power minister, said.

The mining belt in the state comprises Bicholim in North Goa and South Goa’s Quepem, Sanguem and Canacona.

“I have a feeling the process to resume mining will have to be initiated before February 13. If it does not happen now, then it will not happen in future. The state government should be serious about it,” he claimed.

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