The National Green Tribunal (NGT) rejected the report submitted by the Directorate of Mines and Geology which said that the mining pits would be filled up with solid waste, in consultation of a Norweigan Company. The NGT said "Apart from giving the details of actions taken, it also suggested that the pit holes should be filled up with the solid waste, regarding with the consultation of a Norweigan Company", the report was taken up on Monday. The observation by the NGT noted that "We have no hesitation in rejecting the proposal report submitted by the Directorate of Mines and Geology as the report is unacceptable and if the proposal is said to be accepted not only it will amount to a criminal offence but also a violation of The Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 the report clearly indicates the insensitivity on the part of the state Goa and dealing with the number of lives lost".
Counsel of the Directorate of Mines and Geology, Fawia Mesquite said in a statement that the report is not final and is praying to seek proper time for the consideration to reconsider some parts of the reports, and the counsel appearing on the behalf of the Goa State Control Pollution Board (GSPCB) also made the similar contentions and prayer. The NGT said it is the matter of indifference on the subject matter of case on the part of the state "We accordingly allow the time for the repayment of Rs. 5 lakh as a cost to be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB) within a period of 15 days".
The NGT also directed the state's Chief Secretary to co-ordinate the matter with Directorate of Mines and Geology and Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) to ensure the effective measures to be taken as the case involves serious environmental issues. The date of the next hearing is shifted when the Directorate of Mines and Geology submit the revised report to the GSPCB and a copy to the CPCB with the Chief Secretary of the Goa state review process of the report by the same.