Goa seeks Centre’s nod for wet river bed mining

Goa has asked the Union environment ministry to allow the state to carry out sand mining using traditional methods in wet river beds, environment minister Nilesh Cabral said on Wednesday. Cabral said that Goa, being a coastal state, there are no river beds that go dry during the year, and therefore the state has asked for relaxation in CRZ norms to carry out sand mining in CRZ area.