Trucks carrying coal from Bhutan and bound for Bangladesh has been stranded at an integrated check post (ICP) in Meghalaya following the Supreme Court's order banning transportation of the extracted fossil fuel in this state, an official said Friday.
"Thirty three trucks laden with coal of Bhutan origin are stranded at Dawki ICP from January 15 as Indian customs stopped their entry to Bangladesh following the Supreme Court order banning transportation of coal," Meghalaya International Exporters' Chamber of Commerce Secretary Dolly Khonglah said.
Khonglah said she tried to convince customs officials at Dawki ICP that the Supreme Court's order does not apply to third country exports with transit through India but they refused to accept the logic.
The Supreme Court Tuesday banned the transportation of coal in the state until the next hearing on February 19, refusing to entertain a plea by the miners to transport extracted coal since ban on mining in 2014 by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
The Meghalaya government then ordered implementation of the Supreme Court order.
The ban followed a coal mine tragedy in the state on December 13 when 15 miners got trapped inside an illegal 370-feet flooded coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district.
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