The High Court reviews the transport of ore along village roads

The High Court of Bombay at Goa has instructed the state to conduct a study of every route regarding the disposition of the petition of ore transportation through villages and compile a detailed report for each of them.

The report must evaluate the carrying capacity of each village route depending on its length. It must also compile information regarding the number of houses, small settlements, schools, institutions and population that persist along these routes. These factors along with others will deeply influence the verdict of the transport permit.

The Directorate of Mines and Geology (DMG) and Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) must supervise the trucks on each route instantaneously, according to the order passed by the High Court.

For a smooth conduct of supervision by the officials, CCTV cameras connected to DVR devices at panchayat ghars, public school and offices of the GSPCB and DMG will be installed. This will allow the concerned authorities and officials to supervise the trucks transporting ore along the village roads.

The High Court has also instructed the authorities to set up pollution regulation devices, to ensure that the officials are able to monitor the quality of the air along these roads and to cease the movement of trucks in-case the air quality is lower than the permissible norms. These devices will upload information and data to the servers of the DMG and GSPCB to ensure seamless execution.

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