December 01, 2008
The United Farmers of Colomba,
C/o Motes Antao,
Colomba, Rivona, P.O.
Sanguem, Goa - 403 705
To: The Chief Secretary, The Secretariate, Porvorim, Goa.
To: The Chief Conservator of Forests, Panaji - Goa.
To: Dy. Conservator of Forests, Margao - Goa.
RE: Illegal operation of Mine of Gogoro Ou Gulcon Dongor Mine bearing T.C.No. 06/49
This is to inform you that the Mine of Gongoro ou Gulcon Dongor Mine (M/s Hiralal Khodidas Mien) operated by Fomento bearing T.C. No. 06/49 0f Colomba, Sanguem is illegally operating and transporting the iron ore violating the show cause notice of the Goa pollution dated 04/03/2008.
The notice mentioned above in paras 5, 6 & 7 clearly states that the above mentioned mining company has to get the forest clearance but they are not doing it and escaping the law. The collector was directed to stop operations of this mine because of the violation but up to now nothing has been done. The Chief Electrical Engineer was ordered to disconnect the power supply to the mine in mention, but have not done the job.
In the High Court judgement dated 22/04/08 in para no 4 once again the respected Judges pass the same judgement whereby denying the mining company from carrying out any operation without the permission of the Forest department.
How is that the mining company still violates the Forest Conservation Act 1980? We have the right as the villagers and residents of Colomba village to protect our village and its environment. Enclosed for your kind perusal the Goa State Pollution Board show cause notice and the Judgement of the writ petition no. 136 of 2008.
Mr. Motesh Antao