Ban on rat-hole min­ing con­tin­ues in Megha­laya

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - THE NA­TIONAL DOWN TO EARTH

Green Tri­bunal (NGT) has re­fused to lift the in­terim ban on min­ing in Megha­laya. In April last year, it had is­sued an in­terim or­der to stop rat-hole coal min­ing across the state and warned against il­le­gal trans­porta­tion of the min­eral. NGT, how­ever, has pro­vided par­tial re­lief to coal min­ers by per­mit­ting them to pay roy­alty on the ex­tracted coal within 21 days and al­lowed trans­porta­tion of the min­eral un­til May 31. Chief Min­is­ter Mukul Sangma ear­lier told the As­sem­bly that the state is de­vel­op­ing a frame­work for safe and sci­en­tific min­ing and that NGT had asked the state to con­sult with the Cen­tre be­fore mak­ing fi­nal its coal min­ing plan. Min­ing is the state's high­est rev­enue gen­er­a­tor. The ban re­sulted in a rev­enue loss of

600 crore in the cur­rent fis­cal year.

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