NGT Instructs Meghalaya to Submit Revised Coal

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An expert committee of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Meghalaya government to submit a second draft policy on November 21 for auctioning and transporting extracted coal lying at various depots in the state.

Chairman of the committee Justice (retd) BP Kataky said that he was not satisfied with the first draft policy submitted by the state government.

The Chairman, while replying to a query said, “I am not fully satisfied with the first draft policy as there are certain discrepancies that should be removed.”

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Kataky on Thursday. The meeting was attended by representatives of the state government and the Coal India Limited.

Asserting that a fool-proof mechanism for transportation of coal was very important, he said, unless such a system was in place, there was a likelihood of coal that was not put up for auction, getting transported.

He further stated that verbally, the government officials assured him that it would be fool-proof but he told them that he wants it in writing.

The committee has also sought clarification whether the coal would be exported to other countries or utilized within the country.

Kataky further stated that CIL representatives told the committee that the available coal would not be more than 32 lakh metric tonne and the same will be put up for auction.

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