Mining trucks threaten to intensify stir, resumption in danger

VISHANT VAZE, BICHOLIM | 09 December 2015 22:07 IST

The ongoing agitation of mining truck owners will be intensified from tomorrow as their talks with Sesa mining company failed today once again.

The future of mining industry in Goa was amply visible today with both the sides explaining their genuine difficulties in agreeing to what truck owners are demanding and what mining companies are offering.

While Sesa Company is not prepared to raise the transportation rate of Rs eight per tonne per kilometre, the truck owners are demanding more than double.

The truck owners want the rate of Rs 17.32, stating that diesel cost has reached Rs 48.58 per litre, besides the maintenance cost.

The mining company, on the other hand, is claiming helpless when dollar has fallen in the market, besides crashing rates of iron ore in the international market.

The truck owners are thus on a warpath with almost 1300 trucks have now decided together not to transport Sesa’s ore.

This also includes the trucks which were earlier transporting the ore at low rate.

 

While the blockade at Pale-Kothambi junction on old Bombay road would continue, the truck owners have now decided to intensify the agitation.

Nilkanth Gawas, president of All Goa Truck Association however did not spell out the strategy.

The agitation had taken a violent turn last week with one truck transporting Sesa’s ore was set on fire.

The authorities led by Bicholim Mamlatdar Mahadev Arondekar tried to reach a compromise once again today at a meeting, which was also attended by Sankhli MLA Pramod Sawant for a while.

Sesa is the only company that has started mining at its leased mine at Codli while Bicholim mine was next on the list.

Perhaps this issue would decide whether other lease holders would start mining while the operations were completely closed for the last three years. 

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More the delay in ore excavation and export better it is for ore exporting cos as the ore prices are crashing. Agitating truck owners and environmentalists are indirectly helping this cause.

- Madhav Bastodker, Ponda | 10 th December 2015 08:52

 

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