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NGT committee approves auctioning of 2 lakhs MT of extracted coal

NGT committee approves auctioning of 2 lakhs MT of extracted coal
Conrad Sangma
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 12 | Publish Date: 3/12/2020 11:04:57 AM IST

The National Green Tribunal (NGT Committee has committee has approved the auctioning of 2 lakhs metric tons of extracted coal in Meghalaya, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said on Thursday.

Sangma also informed that the state government would soon come up with procedures for environmental-friendly and scientific mining shortly.

 “The NGT committee has approved on a pilot basis auction of 2 lakh metric tons of coal out of the 32 lakh metric tons,” Sangma told reporters.

The break-up of the auction from different districts of the State are - East Jaintia Hills - 75,000 MT, West Khasi Hills - 50,000 MT, South West Khasi Hills - 25,000 MT, and South Garo Hills - 50,000 MT.

Sangma said transportation of the auction coal temporary deposit will be set up and strict environmental norms followed in every depot during the auction and transportation.

 “Several checks and balances like the presence of CIL officials and full proof security measures like the QR code will be introduced, hologram, fugitive ink  and four copies of challan,” the Chief Minister said.

Sangma said that measures have been put in place to ensure transparent mechanism in place, including online auctioning at an all India level by the MSTC limited platform.

MSTC is a government PSU. The auctioning price of the coal will be as per the rate of Coal India Limited.

“We hope that through these process of auctioning we will be able to obtain the highest price for our coal,” the Chief Minister said, while adding that through the same process, 32 lakh MT of coal will be auctioned at a latter stage which will enable revenue earning of about 500 crore,” he said.

Asked when legal mining will start in the state, Sangma said, “One has to understand that the land and ownership of coal has been given to the landowner.”

 “It is the landowners, who have to speak now to consultants, prepare their mining plans and apply through the state government to the central government to get approval for their mining plan. Therefore, the onus now lies on the coal miners,” he said.

However, he said that the state government can guide them and take them to the consultants and prepare a rough procedure of environment-friendly mining plan.

Stating that every mine is unique as it has got different topography, aspect, nature and all those things have to be taken into consideration, the Chief Minister said, “Every miner or landowner will have to go through their own process to do that, but what we have done as a government is, we have started sensitizing the people in over 4 to 5 districts.”

He also said that the government has identified consultants who will guide mine-owners

Sangma said that the government is also preparing a draft for scientific mining which is again not copy-paste as it has to be modified and adjusted according to the specific needs of miners.

He said three parties have applied and it is expected that 15 more will come forward as it is a scientific process, which requires technical expertise.

 “We hope things will move fast and if all goes well, the Central government should give permission for the mining plan at the earliest. We hope very soon mining will start, but it will depend on the Centre’s approval on how well the plan is prepared,” Sangma said.

 

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