PANAJI: Director of Mines & Geology has invited tender to auction minor minerals including River boulders/pebble, gravel etc and sand together worth Rs 63.35 lakh.
The minor minerals to be auctioned include 7449 m3 of River boulders, pebble, gravel etc worth Rs 52,14,300 and 1,101 m3 sand estimated to be worth Rs 13,21,200.
The minor minerals are located in survey No. 33/1 & 34/1 at Borcottem of Collem village of Dharbandora Taluka.
The Goa government has enacted “The Goa Cess on Products and substances causing pollution (Green Cess) Act 2013” and levied Green Cess on industries using or transportation of Coal, Coke and other similar substances causing pollution. The levy would be 0.5 per cent of the sale value.
Many low-grade iron ore miners in Goa including JSW Steel subsidiary South West Ports, Vedanta, Goa Carbon and Zuari Agro Chemicals had challenged the legislative competence of Goa government to enact the Goa Cess in the High Court of Bombay, Goa Bench.