Goa Govt seeks to apply brakes on overloaded mining trucks

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat told PTI that stringent measures, including cancellation of leases, are being considered in a legislation to curb the increasing menace of overloaded mining trucks creating dust pollution in villages.

The state has been witnessing protests, almost daily, from the locals who complained about frequent accidents involving mining trucks and dust pollution caused by overloaded vehicles transporting ore from mines.

Goa has 100-odd operational mines which export around 40 million MT iron ore annually. As per rough estimates, there are nearly 20,000 trucks operating in mines across the state.

"There should be proper control by Transport and Mines Department on these trucks. There are enough powers with these departments to book erring truck operators," Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar said.

Goa Assembly's Public Accounts committee (PAC), chaired by Parrikar, has recommended that the permits of the trucks found overloading should be cancelled immediately.

PAC has also said the Mines Department should be the regulating authority for mining trucks, whose drivers should be registered with the Department."

Parrikar said there are several truck drivers who operate without valid licence. "If Mines Department initiates a process to regulate them, everyone will have to have a driving licence," the BJP leader said.

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