SHILLONG, Sept 21: In what can be termed as a respite for the coal miners of the state the Supreme Court has allowed transportation of extracted coal.
According to sources, the Supreme Court has passed an order allowing transportation of the extracted coal in the state from October 1 to May 31, 2017.
It may be mentioned that around 30 lakh metric tonnes of assessed coal is yet to be transported.
Moreover, sources also informed that the state government has also filed an affidavit about the step taken to appeal to the centre for invoking of Para 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule for exempting the state from the operation of central laws in respect to coal mining.
The tiol Green Tribul (NGT) had imposed an interim ban on coal mining in Meghalaya in April 2014.
Since then at intervals, it allowed transportation of extracted and assessed coal under strict guidelines.
Though the ban on mining and transportation is on, several cases of violation of the tribul’s orders have been reported from various parts of the state. In one such violation, On September 20 at about 3:45 am, police detected one truck (AS-01FC-4245) driven by Abdul Shahid (23), while illegally transporting coal in violation of NGT order at Kongong, East Jaintia Hills district.