Saturday, 30 March 2013

Goa & its Paradox

Apart from tourism, Goa is known for mining, especially Iron ore. But the state of affairs is pathetic.

Facts about mining in Goa:
In the state of Goa, 7 Talukas of the 12 in are mining regions, but iron ore is mined the most in Bicholim, Sattari, Sanguem and Quepem.

Surprisingly 8% to 15% of Goa’s total land area of 3,702 sq km is occupied by mining activity, but its contribution to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is less than 5%.

There are 91 active mining leases in Goa. They are all in private hands. Not a single public sector firm is involved in mining in the state.

Nearly 15,000 trucks are used by the mining industry in Goa to transport Iron ore to jetties and about 300 barges are used to take the ore to the ports for export.

Corruption and mismanagement by successive governments and companies, including illegal mining is the main cause of the present situation Goa finds itself in.

With Manohar Parrikar at the helm of affairs, most Goans feel a sense of hope. But will he be able to sort out the well entrenched business packed with corrupt practices?

With booming tourism and mining under proper government policies will boost the economy of the state and drive it on the road to success making it a progressive state with sound economics. 

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