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Stop illegal mining or face contempt of court: NGT panel tells Meghalaya

IANS  |  Shillong 

A three-member committee of the National Green (NGT) on Friday asked the government to either stop illegal in the state or face

The committee headed by Justice also took stock of the rescue operations to evacuate the 15 miners who have been trapped inside an illegal flooded coal mine since December 13 at village in State's East district.

"They have given us a progress report about the rescue operations. We have strictly told them that unless you stop it, you will be hauled up for contempt of court," Katakey told IANS.

He said the committee will also visit the coal mine areas in in western part of the state.

had revealed that there are more than 1,000 cases since 2014 against different individuals and organizations.

In April 2104, the banned activities in after the and the filed an application before the alleging that the water in the was turning acidic due to in

Last week, the had imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore on the government for its failure to curb in the state.

Katakey said the Committee has also directed the government to prepare a rehabilitation plan for workers and an alternative employment scheme for them in the mining areas.

"We have also directed the government to explore the possibility of installing deep tube wells in the mining areas. We have asked them to hold discussion with the and test the pH level (acidity or basicity) of ground water," he said.

The committee also took stock of all actions taken for restoration of and rehabilitation of victims of coal mining in Meghalaya.

Meanwhile, the government has informed the three-member committee that awareness camps have been conducted in the villages about the ill-effect of

"They have also put up sign boards and in some rivers/streams giving warning that the water in those areas is acidic not fit for consumption," he said.

The on Friday issued a public notice seeking the names of miners injured as well as the next of kin of miners killed in accidents since 2012.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 22:26 IST
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