NGO warns of alcoholism in Goa mining belt

Last Updated: Thu, Jun 14, 2012 22:52 hrs

Panaji, June 14 (IBNS) Anti mining activists are concerned over the increasing number of liquor outlets in the mining belt which has exceeded the number of bars along the tourist locations.

Speaking during the release of a study report 'Out of control: Mining, Regulatory Failures and Human Rights in India', acclaimed activist Ramesh Gawas alleged that alcohol consumption has become a more serious threat to the locals living in the mining areas.

"Liquor bars have mushroomed over the years. These are more in numbers than the liquor outlets at the coastal tourist belt. Locals in the mining belt are otherwise suffering with the daily mining trucks movement, traffic and pollution; and bars have added to their woes," he said.

Gawas alleged that the Manohar Parrikar government, which had exposed the Congress on rampant illegal mining before the assembly elections, has failed to address the grievances even three months of its coming to power.

An international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch, which helped Goan experts prepare the report, have rubbished the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) reports claiming it is full of false information.

The NGO has demanded reviewing the report.

(Reporting by John Edwards)