A survey report on mapping locations of mines has been submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) by the Goa Mines and Geology Department. According to the survey report only 54 mines are being located out of 118 active mines in the state till now. The other mines will be mapped as soon as the rains stop.
The survey was about finding whether any of the mines are located within the wildlife sanctuary area or in the places which fall within the premises of the sanctuary. The survey report which has been submitted says that only one mine is falling within the sanctuary area, while 49 mines are within 10 km of the area and rest 4 are located beyond 10 km from the wildlife area. The survey was stopped as the rains had begun and the work could not be completed, but as soon as the rainy season ends, they will again resume with the survey to locate left over mines.
However one of the mines which were found in Mhadei wildlife sanctuary of Gavane village situated in Sattari taluka, Goa, is not operational since a very long time.
The survey was being conducted with the use of hand held differential global positioning system gadget, confirmed the officials from the mines department.
As per the orders given by the Supreme Court, the mining operations are currently suspended in Goa. The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) is investigating on the illegal mining actions being conducted in the state followed by Karnataka.