Coal laden from sites and in transit will not be stopped: Meghalaya government

Coal laden from sites and in transit will not be stopped: Meghalaya government

Agency News

Shillong, Jan 19 : The Meghalaya government has issued a modified order for allowing transportation of “coal loaded from the sites and in transit before the Supreme Court order banning the transportation of extracted coal in Meghalaya, an official said on Saturday.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court banned transportation of coal in Meghalaya till the next hearing fixed on February 19 for its failure to curb its illegal mining.

In his order issued on Friday, Commissioner and Secretary of Mining and Geology, Tining Dkhar, allowed transportation of coal that “originated outside the State of Meghalaya and being transported through the State of Meghalaya for consumption by factories, general households or export.”

Meanwhile, stranded Bhutanese coal-laden trucks at Dawki integrated check post (ICP) were allowed to transit to Bangladesh on Saturday morning.

“We have permitted the transit of foreign origin coal to Bangladesh through Dawki ICP (in Meghalaya’s West Jaintia Hills district) following the amended notification of the Meghalaya government,” a Customs official said.

Bhutan exports coal to Bangladesh via India as per the South Asian Preferential Trade Arrangement, an inter-governmental groups formed by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, or SAARC.

The apex court ban on transportation of coal following the coal mine tragedy in the state in December 13 besides National Green Tribunal Committee report exposing the illegal mining of coal despite tribunal banned mining since April 2014.

Fifteen miners are trapped inside an illegal 370-feet flooded coal mine at Ksan village in East Jaintia Hills district. (UNI)