The Supreme Court on Friday banned all mining operations and transportation of iron ore in Goa. The order came following a hearing on a PIL filed against resumption of mining operations in the state. Earlier this year, the Directorate of Mines and Geology had temporarily suspended all mining operations in Goa till October 2012.
The move came after an expert panel formed by the federal government found "serious illegalities and irregularities" in mining operations. There had, however, been no ban on the movement of iron ore already produced and stored at ports or in transit.
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