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Meghalaya Court Extends Deadline for Coal Inventory Relocation Amidst Illegal Mining Concerns

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Shillong, May 10: In a significant move to address persistent issues of illegal mining and environmental degradation, the High Court of Meghalaya has granted a 45-day extension for relocating and storing re-assessed coal inventories. This proactive stance follows a recent petition (PIL No. 2 of 2022) against illegal coal mining in the state, signaling a concerted effort to restore order and promote sustainable practices.

A meeting convened by the Single Member Committee, led by Brojendra Prasad Katakey, a former Judge of the Gauhati High Court, highlighted key updates on efforts to transport re-assessed coal from mining sites to designated storage depots across districts. The committee’s report underscores the urgency of addressing ongoing challenges posed by illegal mining activities and the environmental impact in Meghalaya.

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Transportation Oversight: Detailed reports from district authorities shed light on progress in coal transportation, emphasizing the need for further verification and action, particularly in districts like East Jaintia Hills.

Coal Seizure and Auction: Updates on seized coal awaiting auction reveal progress in some districts but pending actions in others due to procedural matters before the courts.

Alternative Livelihoods: Despite approved schemes for alternative livelihoods for those affected by mining bans, no implementation has occurred, prompting urgent recommendations for immediate action.

Environmental Restoration: Delays in environmental restoration projects highlight the need for immediate funding and oversight to address ongoing environmental damage caused by mining activities.

Drone Surveillance: The committee stresses the need for post-transportation drone surveys to identify any remaining illegal mining activities and enforce legal provisions.

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The court’s proactive stance, supported by the detailed recommendations of Brojendra Prasad Katakey, underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for collaborative, timely action to safeguard Meghalaya’s environment and communities from the detrimental effects of illegal mining activities.

This proactive stance by the court, supported by the detailed recommendations of Brojendra Prasad Katakey, signals a concerted effort to restore order and promote sustainable practices, highlighting the gravity of the situation and the need for collaborative, timely action to safeguard Meghalaya’s environment and communities from the detrimental effects of illegal mining activities.

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