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Wednesday , March 25 , 2015

Tribunal's final coal order today

Shillong, March 24: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) will pass its final order on coal-related issues in Meghalaya tomorrow.

Since last Friday, the tribunal's principal bench has been conducting hearings in New Delhi on issues related to coal mining in the state. One of the pleas made before the bench was to allow transportation of assessed and extracted coal that has been stopped since last month after the deadline issued by the tribunal expired. "Today, a hearing was conducted, but the tribunal will pass its final order on various issues tomorrow," advocate Ranjan Mukherjee, who is the state government's counsel, said.

Yesterday, the Meghalaya government reportedly expressed its "inability" to implement the orders of the tribunal in their entirety after a report to the green court revealed that the orders have been violated.

The tribunal had also directed the secretary, mining and geology department of the state government, to discuss the "mining plan" with the secretaries of the Union coal and Union ministry of environment and forests and also with Union home secretary on availability of central armed police forces.

Since April 17, 2014, Meghalaya has been reeling under the tribunal's interim ban on coal mining. On March 16, the NGT had issued notices to high-ranking state government officials and two coal mine owners after a report pointed out that the tribunal's directions had been violated.

The notices were issued after a report filed by the three local commissioners showed that upon physical inspection by the commissioners, it was found that all directions of the tribunal were being violated.

The tribunal had constituted a team of local commissioners on January 29 to visit weighbridges, mining sites and places where implementation of the orders were expected.

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