Directorate of Mines & Geology
Government of Goa

Mining Areas

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  • The mining belt of Goa covers an area of approximately 700 sq. kms. And is mostly concentrated in 4 talukas namely Bicholim, Sattari, Sanguem and Quepem. Mining industry has been very important element in the economic history of Goa. It has provided a trigger to boost the economic growth in these talukas.
  • Mining in Goa is done by open cast method which necessitated the removal of overburden overlying the iron ore formations. On an average 2.3 tons of mining waste has to be removed in order to produce a ton of iron ore. The average annual production of iron ore is of the order of 15-16 million tons and in this process about 40 - 50 million tons of mining waste is generated. Such a huge quality of mining waste not only created a problem for its storage but is also source of environmental pollution. The total annual royalty collection on major minerals is to the tune of around Rs. 250.00 crores
  • In all there are 334 mining leases in existence out of which 82 mining leases were in operation during the period 2009-10. 
  • The iron ore deposits in Goa are mainly haematite and extend in North-North West, South-South East directions from North to the South occupying nearly 1/5th area of the total territory.
  • The main iron ore bearing zone is divided into four separate areas by major faults. These areas are :
    • Bicholim - Pale area
    • Sancordem area
    • Shigao - Kalay area
    • Sanguem - Quepem area.
  • The iron ore bearing areas is continuous with little local variation in thickness and quality of the ore.