SC rejects Meghalaya miners’ plea on coal transportation


SC rejects Meghalaya miners’ plea on coal transportation

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a set of pleas by coal miners in Meghalaya to let trucks move coal in transit before a transportation ban came into effect.

The deadline for transportation of extracted coal was being extended since April 2014 when the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had imposed a ban on the life-threatening rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya. A narrow opening that makes miners crawl gives the rat-hole its name.

But after at least 16 miners were trapped in a flooded mine at Ksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on December 13, the apex court refused to allow the transportation of extracted and assessed coal beyond January 31.

On January 15, the court further said there would be no transportation of coal lying at (dumping) sites. Read More

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