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East Khasi Hills bans illegal mining & quarrying in hills, removal of sand from river beds

The district administration of East Khasi Hills on Friday issued restraining order against illegal mining and quarrying in the hill slopes and removal of sand from river-beds by any person, company or authority without obtaining mining license/quarry permit and other clearance certificates from the competent authority.

Illegal mining behind presence of illegal coke factories, continued drone survey needed to check it, says justice Katakey

Meghalaya High Court appointed National Green Tribunal (NGT) judge, justice B P Katakey, who is on a fact finding mission to expose illegal rat hole coal mining in the Garo Hills, has said that the huge number of illegal coke factories, which mushroomed in the West Khasi Hills, bordering South and East Garo Hills, and East Khasi Hills districts, was made possible due to the availability of coal that was being mined illegally in the region for a long time.

NGT bans illegal coal mining: Conrad says ‘did what was their mandate’

He said the state have been engaged in this form of mining for last 200 years and livelihood is based around that and unless and until alternate forms of livelihood don’t come up people will keep going back to those activities.

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