SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Saturday held a meeting with officials of Coal India Ltd at Kolkata to initiate measures as a follow-up action plan post-lifting of coal ban in Meghalaya.
“The logistics on how to implement the Supreme Court ruling and how to take it further was discussed with the officials of Coal India. The response was very positive and productive,” said Conrad.
“We look forward to a progressive relationship to foster economic and systematic exploration of coal mining in Meghalaya,” Conrad tweeted.
It may be mentioned that the Coal India Ltd has been authorized by the Supreme Court to dispose or sell the coal stock that is lying in Meghalaya.
“We are hopeful and positive that we will be able to take forward this issue and find a way to dispose of the coal (that is lying unused) in the most efficient and effective manner,” he added.
“It shall be the duty of the State of Meghalaya and its officers especially Deputy Commissioner of the area concerned to enter details of quantity of the coal, name of the owner and place from where it is collected. All concerned shall take steps to ensure weighment of the coal when it is received by Coal India Ltd,” the Supreme Court said.
The court also directed that the expenses of transportation shall be borne by the state government, Coal India Ltd, or by both, which expenses shall be deductible from the price received of the coal.