Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO submitted that all the mining leases in the state suffer from illegality and many of them are suffering from multiple illegalities.
The NGO also sought setting up of a special probe team to investigate the alleged loss to the state revenue, the illegalities committed in mining activities and the connivance of public servants in abetting the same.
It said in the petition that the Commission's report tabled in Parliament on September 7 stated that "illegal activities in mining were underway since the year 2000" and that all the 90 mines in the state were functioning without the mandatory permission from the National Board of Wild Life
(NBWL) and 33 of these were within 1.5 kms of the wildlife sanctuaries, well inside the eco-sensitive zone notified by the
"The failure of the state to control the illegal mining has led to large-scale destruction of both the forest and non-forest land and as such has adversely affected the livelihood of local people, especially the rural poor," the petition said.
It said due to lack of co-ordination between Department of Mines and Goa State Pollution Control Board
(GSPCB), the mines were set up in forest and eco-sensitive areas, close to the streams and rivers, causing severe air and water pollution, degradation of the environment and the loss of bio-diversity.
Referring to Commission's report, the NGO alleged that the mining leases were renewed without prior approval under the Forest Conservation Act 1980.