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NGT seeks response from Meghalaya government

PETITION SEEKING REGULATED ZONES SANS INDUSTRY-MINING

From A CORRESPONDENT
Shillong Jan 3: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on January 2 took up the application of Sajay Laloo seeking directions from the green court to the State of Meghalaya to frame policy to protect rivers and carve out regulated zone along the banks of major rivers, wildlife sanctuary, reserve forest and natural cave in the state.
After hearing the case, the NGT granted liberty to file replies to the application within two weeks.  
Earlier, during the hearing, the counsel appearing on behalf of State of Meghalaya submitted that miscellaneous application was moved by Laloo in the original application No. 73 of 2014 seeking directions to State of Meghalaya to frame policy to protect river and carve out regulated zone along the banks of major rivers in the State of Meghalaya, Wildlife Sanctuary, reserve forest and natural cave, is not maintainable.
“The application can only be made for consequential relief flowing from the principal relief sought in the application,” the Counsel for the state government said. 
The counsel appearing on behalf of Laloo submitted that he has been impleaded to the main petition and he is seeking relief as solicited in the miscellaneous application only in relation to Rat Hole Mining.
“In view of the statement made the application can be disposed of with the decision on the issue of the Action Plan for controlling the Rat Hole Mining before us,” the NGT said.
It may be mentioned here that, Laloo has made a prayer before the tribunal to declare 5 kms from the edge of all major rivers, water bodies, wildlife sanctuaries, forest reserved and natural caves as regulated zone, whereby no industrial or mining activities shall be allowed.