Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said he had been interacting with
various stakeholders and experts to bail out the crisis-hit mining industry in
the state. The chief minister said he would formulate a proper plan before he
meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue, during the course of this
The mining industry in the coastal state came to standstill on March
16 in view of the Supreme Court Order quashing the second renewal of 88 iron
"The state government is exploring all the possibilities to ensure that
the mining activity resumes in as soon as possible. I would meet the prime
minister in Delhi over the issue only after I get a clear idea about the
solution," the chief minister told reporters here.
When asked about the day on which he would be calling on the PM, Parrikar said
he had not decided on the dates as yet, but he could travel to Delhi even during
the sitting of the Assembly session, scheduled to be held between July 19 and
"My target is to ensure that at least some of the mines start operating at
the earliest. I am trying to see which is the best and the fastest route to
resume mining activities in the state," he said.