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HC refuses to amend order on transport of ore


first_imgThe Bombay High Court at Goa has refused to amend its March 28 order stopping ore transportation in Goa. However, the court advanced the date of the next hearing by a week. Three mining companies — affected by the high court order to ban transport of ore since the stoppage of mining activity in 88 Supreme Court-cancelled mining leases came into operation — and the Mormugao Port Trust(MPT) had filed a review petition against the order directing the government to stop the ore transportation until final notice.Simultaneously, the High Court also included mining firms which had filed review petition, as respondents in the original contempt petition filed by Goa Foundation, an environmental NGO. The mining companies which have filed the review petition are Fomento Resources, Vedanta, and V M Salgaoncar.The mining firms argued that the transportation was of ‘royalty paid’ ore, and that the Supreme Court order shutting down Goa mining operations did not say anything about transportation of this ore.Declining to accept the plea on the grounds that it could not revise its own order, the High Court said it would hear the affected parties at the next hearing on April 11 instead of April 18.The court asked the government to submit a report on the quantity of ore exported till March 15, and also since March 16.Late on Thursday evening, the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association(GMOEA, body of iron ore miners and exporters, issued a press release saying the mining leaseholders will evaluate the High Court order in the light of the Supreme Court order, “as our principal order is the Supreme Court order”.Mining operations in Goa came to a grinding halt formally on March 16 after the February 7 order of Supreme Court quashing renewals of 88 mining leases came into effect and also its order to shut down all activities until the leases are renewed.last_img

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