In order to ensure sufficient supply of fuel to the coal starved power plants across the country, the iron ore mining operations in Goa are likely to restart very shortly. Though approvals to resume operations may arrive any time and the state is also set to get approval to reopen its mines in the next two to three month but actual mining operations will start after the state gets environmental clearances and other mandatory approvals, Goa Mineral Ore Exporters' Association executive director S Sridhar said. Goa, which primarily produces low quality iron ore, had exported around 42 million tons in 2011, accounting for 55% of the total exports of metal from the country. However, the ban on mining has brought much hardship to Goa's economy, since mining is one of key contributors to its finances.
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