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Meghalaya Government to Issue Do’s and Don’ts for Coal Mining

Coal News - Published on Fri, 23 Aug 2019

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The Shillong Times reported that the state government will soon bring out instructions to explain the procedure of scientific coal mining. A mining and geology department official said that the department is holding discussion with the chief minister and advocate general on the nature of instructions to be circulated to the miners so that this will act as a procedure to be followed when the mining is carried out. The instruction will be a holistic plan as to how to go about mining activities.

The submission of mining plan and the need to take several clearances, including those from the union ministries of coal, forest, environment and labour will be explained in the manual which will be released by the government.

The miners in the state can individually or collectively submit the mining plans. If the mining area is within 150 hectares, there is a provision for the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority to give clearance to the miners to carry out mining.

The official added that "We have to strictly adhere to MMDR Act and other related rules and the miners cannot carry on with rat-hole coal mining any more."

The Supreme Court had on July 3 allowed coal mining with certain conditions and in accordance MMDR Act. Draft policy ready

The mining and geology department has already prepared a draft policy to auction and export the already extracted coal.

The official added that 'The draft policy will be shared with Coal India Ltd and the NGT-constituted committee headed by retired Justice BP Katakey and after getting their inputs, it will be placed before the state cabinet for final approval."

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 23 Aug 2019
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