SHILLONG, Dec 04: Providing some relief to the embattled coal miners in Meghalaya, the Supreme Court has approved the transportation of the coal that has already been extracted before the imposition of the NGT ban on such activities.
This transportation of the already extracted coal has been approved till January 31, 2019.
Counsel for the state government Ranjan Mukherjee said the order was passed by the apex court during a hearing on the plea to allow transportation of coal held on Tuesday.
He informed that the amount of extracted and assessed coal which is yet to be transported is around 1, 76,655 metric tonnes as on May 31 this year.
According to him, the amount was based on the assessment carried out in August 2014 in the entire state and a re-assessment in South Garo Hills in January 2018.
He also informed that issue on the ongoing ban on coal mining imposed by the NGT in Meghalaya will be taken up in the next hearing scheduled to be held on January 15.