SHILLONG, Nov 07: The State Co-ordination Committee of Coal Owners, Miners & Dealers Forum (SCCCOMDF) has refuted the claims of the state government that individual coal mine owners have given their consent for the Meghalaya Mineral Development Corporation (MMDC) to mine and extract coal from their coal mines.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, SCCCOMDF chairman Sonny L Khyriem said that this has confused and deceived the coal miners all over the state as many coal miners have informed that they have not permitted any ‘intrusion’ into their private lands.
He informed that the Forum had also moved an application to the court of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to oppose the state government’s intention on this matter.
“The matter in this regard is awaited for the NGT direction and to comment further in this light would amount to sub-judice to discuss issues publicly when matter are being considered by a court of law,” Khyriem said.
He said that the hearing on the MMDC issue and the mining guidelines, mining policy, and such will be conducted on November 8, at New Delhi.
Khyriem further informed that the Forum as an impleading party has also moved an application before the Supreme Court in New Delhi on July 2017 last, to appeal for permission to transport the remaining extracted coal, which will be heard along with the other related issues on the November 10.