The State Board has issued detailed guidelines from time to time to facilitate the process of grant of consent to establish/consent to operate and also to suitably guide/advice the stone crushing industry for taking appropriate measures for abatement of pollution.
Stone crushing industry is an important industrial sector in the country engaged in producing crushed stone which acts as raw material for various construction activities such as the construction of roads, bridges, buildings, canals, etc.
Believe it or not, Goa has 226 stone crushing units as identified by the Department of Industries, Trade and Commerce whose operations could be a hazard to the State's environment. Almost three years after the Saleli incident, the issue on stone crushing units continue to haunt the State and has even knocked the doors of the High Court in Goa. The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) which has come under heavy fire after Saleli is presently investigating all operations of stone crushing units and is likely to submit a report to the High Court next week.