SHILLONG, Sep 05: The National Green tribunal has disposed off the matter of ban on rat hole mining in Meghalaya but the ban remains until it is finally decided by the Apex court.
In a communiqué issue on Wednesday, Lber Laloo said that the National Green Tribunal while hearing the matter related with ban on rat hole mining in Meghalaya, has summed up sequence of events and its orders passed in seriatum.
Laloo had filed a case before the Supreme Court in civil appeal diary no. 3067/2018 titled as lber Laloo vs. All Dimasa Students Union, Dima Hasao district committee and others.
“While disposing off the matter, the National Green Tribunal has not lifted the ban on rat hole coal mining in the state and directed that the ban should continue until it is finally decided by the Supreme Court,” said Laloo.
Laloo stated that the tribunal has also held that the State government shall be the custodian of the already extracted coal.
“Secretary of Mining and Geology, Central Pollution Control Board and Indian schools of Mines Dhandbad will first determine whether the already extracted coal is a fresh and illegally mined one or the old one which was already extracted but not accounted one and after submitting its report, further action or instruction will be passed on the same,” stated Laloo.
Laloo also informed that the tribunal has also directed that no further order on transportation of already extracted coal be passed as there is already a standing order on the same by the Supreme Court in the civil appeal no(s). 5272/2016 titled as Ka Hima Nongstoin land owners, Coal Traders and Producers Association vs. All Dimasa Students Union, Dima Hasao District Committee and others.
Laloo also informed that with regards to allowing coal mining in the state and mining policy, mining plan etc, the NGT has pointed out that the issue has already been raised in civil appeal diary no. 3067/2018 and the same will depend on the outcome of the case filed by him.
On restoration of the environment and rehabilitation of those affected by the ban, Laloo informed that an independent committee will be constituted headed by the by Justice B.P. Katoki, former Judge of the High Court along with representatives from the Central Pollution Control Board and Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.