|Miramar view (Photo credit: fredericknoronha)|
IRON ORE WASTE DUMPS IN GOA
The Government of Goa has identified 37 leases of Iron Ore Waste Dumps which are occupying more than 250 hectares of government land. The land where the mining dumps ( Iron Ore waste Dumps) are stocked were never leased to the miners who dumped the mining waste.
The dumps below to major mining companies of Goa like Timblo, Fomento, Dempo Company, Salgaonkar Mining Industries, Sesa Goa, V D Chowgule, Rajaram Bandekar, D B Bandodkar and others.
|India Goa iron-ore exports (Photo credit: fredericknoronha)|
The State of Goa is the highest exporter of iron ore in India. The total geographical area of Goa is less than 1% of the entire country. The iron ore which is exported from Goa is mainly low grades which is not having any utilization in India. The demand of low grade iron ore from China after year 2005 resulted in extensive mining in the state.
Most of the mines rejected iron ore dumps are located in Satari, Bicholim, and Sanguem talukas of Goa. The dumps are the main reason for pollution in water bodies and silting in the cultivated lands. During monsoon, the erosion from the mine rejection iron ore waste dumps pollutes the nearby water bodies.
Government is planning for auction of these dumps for the earliest removal and clears the useful land.