Shillong, May 22 : Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Friday said that the state government legally cannot restrict transportation of coal from Assam to feed the cement plants in the state. Replying to a call attention moved by opposition Congress legislator, Process T Sawkmie, the CM said the state government allowed transportation of coal which was lying at railway siding in Guwahati to three cement plants – Star Cement, Meghalaya Cements and Dalmia Cement Limited in compliance of Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines.
Moreover, he further said the MHA guidelines strictly say that there should be no restrictions on inter-state movement of goods and cargo. ''We also obtain essential goods from other states. Legally, we cannot restrict transportation of coal from Guwahati,'' the Chief Minister informed. (UNI)