Limestone can help neutralize Meghalaya streams polluted by coal mining, say experts


Limestone can help neutralize Meghalaya streams polluted by coal mining, say experts

The project to check rising acidic levels in water streams by using limestone will be expanded to new sites after success of a pilot in the ravaged Jaintia hills of Meghalaya due to rat-hole mining, experts said.

“After the success of the pilot project in Mukhaialong village in East Jaintia Hills district, we requested that it be extended and construction work has started at two places already earlier this year,” said Justice BP Katakey, a retired judge who heads the three-member NGT appointed committee on Meghalaya rat-hole coal mining.

OP Singh, a professor at the Environment Studies Department at the North Eastern Hill University, said the experiment is to be replicated at five places in East Jaintia Hills district, which is most badly affected by coal mining. Read More

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