1,200 il­le­gal min­ing cases to be probed

Gulf News - - India -

Amonth after 15 min­ers were trapped in a coal mine — with a search op­er­a­tion for them still on­go­ing — a three­mem­ber com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT) has asked the Megha­laya Po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate nearly 1,200 cases of il­le­gal quar­ry­ing across the state.

The NGT had im­posed a blan­ket ban on coal min­ing and trans­porta­tion in Megha­laya in 2014, cit­ing un­sci­en­tific meth­ods and ab­sence of safety mea­sures.

The three-mem­ber NGT com­mit­tee, con­sti­tuted in Au­gust last year, is cur­rently study­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pects of “rat-hole min­ing” in the state.

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