Satellite imagery from Google has helped expose illegal mining in the Indian state of Goa, and contributed to the report of the State Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee.
Portions of the report, which is yet to be tabled in the Assembly, have revealed that satellite imagery helped pinpoint illegal mining by aspiring politician Dinar Tarcar. The report points out to illegal activities in a mine operated at Tembocheo Dongor by Tarcar, in survey number 59/51. The report observes that “the Google pictures of the year 2003 clearly show that the area was virgin land and it is not possible to agree with any fallacious contention that several million tonne of ore dump accumulated has been done on account of earlier dumps.”
That mine at Tembocheo Dongor had extracted ore in excess of the 3-lakh tonne limit set by the environmental clearance. The report has blamed the mines department, headed by Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for the last 12 years, for ignoring this violation.
Source: Daily Pioneer