PORVORIM: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant informed the house that his Government has all the quarry owners take necessary safety precautionary measures, including fencing the quarrying pits to ensure that there are no untoward incidents.
Mandrem MLA Jit Arolkar had raised a question on dangerous open quarries that have claimed numerous lives of locals as well as tourists in the State. Arolkar also said that these quarries are also gaining popularity among youth as picnic spots. The fatal incidents have raised serious concerns regarding the safety of people.
“Government has all the quarries owners to take necessary safety precautionary measures including fencing of the quarrying pits to ensure that there are no untoward incidents. Regarding quarries operating without this department’s valid permission, 53 such cases are identified, and action is initiated under provisions of Goa Minor Mineral Concession Rules 1985, and FIR is also registered for theft of mineral resources,” said CM Sawant.
He further said that Government has also initiated recovery proceedings against 92 such persons, including the land owners, in cases where such quarries were operating without permission on private lands.
Sawant said that Government has identified illegal quarrying pits in Tuem village of Pernem taluka and has initiated the process to reclaim the same by refilling the quarrying pits with bio-degradable and non-hazardous waste.
Further warning sign boards are erected at such sites in order to caution the public not to venture into activities like swimming at such spots.
“The same will be replicated. Directions will also be issued to the Police to maintain vigil at such locations where dangerous quarrying pits are identified,” he said.