|Directorate of Mines & Geology
Government of Goa
The Directorate of Mines and Geology looks after the work of mineral administration. It regulates the grant of mineral concessions through the enforcement of the following legislation:
Besides it is also responsible for implementation of the following legislations even though these legislations are enforced by other agencies:
The Act 57 and MCR 60 regulate the grant/renewal of reconnaissance permits, prospecting licences and mining leases.
The procedure for grant of mineral concessions is that all such applications are received and processed in the Directorate. The application which is received is required to be acknowledged in the prescribed form. The application is thereafter sent to the draughtsman and surveying section to ascertain the availability of the area. After doing the needful, the case is further processed by the dealing hand. If any deficiencies are noticed in the matter of submission of documents as required under the law or as decided by the competent authority, the same are brought to the notice of the applicant for rectification. References are also made to Revenue and Forest Department to ascertain their views on the suitability of the site from the point of public nuisance or forestry angle. The area is also inspected by a geologist of this Directorate to ascertain the suitability of the area from mineral potential point of view including the possible adverse effects arising from prospecting or mining activity. If the area involved is a forest land the case is processed for clearance under section 2 of FCA 1980 after obtaining approval in principle from the State Government. Clearance under section 2 of FCA 1980 involves a detailed proposal from the applicant in terms of Forest Conservation Rules and the guidelines prescribed by MOEF.
All mineral concessions (PLS and MLS) which have been granted require to be inspected for ascertaining the compliance to the conditions of licence or lease as the case may be. Prospecting operations are required to be conducted in accordance with the scheme of prospecting duly approved by the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) while mining operations are to be conducted in accordance with the approved mining plan.
With the issue of notification dated 14/09/2006, all mining leases having an area of more than 5 Ha require to obtain environmental clearance from the MOEF. State Pollution control board is the nodal agency for conducting public hearings and submitting the proposals to MOEF for consideration.
The mining lease holders are required to pay royalty, dead rent and surface rent to the Govt. Royalty is payable in terms of Schedule II of the Act 57. Royalty is payable on ad valorem basis on iron and manganese ore. In respect of bauxite and aluminous laterite, it is payable on LME rates or advalorem basis depending upon the use of mineral. In terms of decision of the Govt. royalty is payable on first of every month and any delay for payment beyond a period of 60 days entails a simple interest on the lease holders @ 24%p.a. In order to assess the dues, the lease holders are required to submit the self assessment returns which in turn needs scrutiny of the Department. After assessment, demands are raised on the defaulters and if the amount is not paid, steps are taken by the Department to recover the same as arrears of land revenue.
The Directorate is saddled with various problems relating to the damage to agricultural lands due to flow of mining waste, pumping of turbid water from mining pits, air/dust pollution, deforestation and land degradation. The scale of iron ore mining operations have reached such an intensity that environmental problems loom large and therefore require constant attention of the Directorate being the nodal agency. Effective action to address these problems involves site inspections, liason with State Pollution Control Board, Revenue, Water Resources Dept and Forest Department.
The following plan schemes are being implemented”
The Directorate also handles the following matters connected with mineral administration and development:
The Directorate maintains monthly data on production of minerals which is a requirement under MCDR 88. These monthly returns are submitted by the lease holders. Such data not only helps in maintenance of statistics but also helps the Directorate in the matter of assessment of Govt. dues towards royalty/dead rent.
The Minor Minerals Section of the Directorate of Mines deals with grant of quarrying licence and quarrying permit for different minor minerals available in Goa and enforcement of the Goa Daman and Diu Minor Mineral Concession Rules 1985. It also regulates transportation of minor minerals by road within Goa by issuing transit passes.
Application for quarrying lease received from any person is first registered in the Register of applications by the dealing hand in accordance with the provisions of Minor Mineral Rules and a file is opened. The application is then scrutinised to ensure that all the necessary documents are attached along with FORM A and the concerned fee is paid. Thereafter the relevant file is sent to the Draughtsman I to verify as to whether the area applied for quarrying lease is free for grant or not. On receipt of the file from the Draughtsman Section if the area is free for grant, the case is forwarded to the Inspecting Officer for inspection and report. On receipt of the inspection report from the respective Inspecting Officer, the case is processed further and put up to Director of Mines who is the Competent Officer; the case is processed further and put up to Director of Mines who is the Competent Officer under the rules. If deemed fit, an order of grant is issued by the Director of Mines and the party has to deposit the required amount in the Govt. treasury. On payment of this amount, the area is demarcated by our Surveyor and a copy of the plan is prepared which is required to be signed by the Surveyor, the concerned Sr. Technical Assistant and the Director. After the plan is prepared, a certified copy of the plan is also prepared for being annexed to the lease deed. Thereafter, the dealing hand prepares the lease deed papers and a date is fixed for the applicant to execute the agreement with the Director of Mines. Once the lease deed is complete in all respects the lessee is issued transit passes for transportation of minerals. The lessees who are interested in obtaining the transit passes pay the royalty in advance on the minor minerals which he desires to extract and an application is made to the Department. The challan is thereafter entered in the Computer and the dealing hand puts the transit pass in the respective file for signature of the concerned officer. For all minor minerals except basalt, Schedule III and Schedule IV. The booklet in Schedule III is issued for transportation of basalt boulders from the quarry to the crusher whereas Schedule IV is used for transporting the crushed material to the consumption site.
In case of murrum where usually extraction is very fast by deploying machinery an Environment Management Plan is insisted showing the following details:
Quarrying permits are issued for limited extraction of minor minerals with maximum quantity of 1000 c.mts and maximum area of extraction is 1000 sq. mts
Any person desirous to obtain a quarrying lease, quarrying permit and transit pass should contact the Sr. Geologist or STA II, of Directorate of Mines, Udyog Bhavan, Panaji-Goa.
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