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Bangladesh bound Bhutanese coal stranded in India following SC order

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

Trucks carrying from and bound for has been stranded at an integrated check post (ICP) in following the Supreme Court's order banning of the extracted fossil fuel in this state, an said Friday.

exports to via as per the South Asian Preferential Trade Arrangement, an group formed by the (SAARC).

"Thirty three trucks laden with of origin are stranded at ICP from January 15 as Indian customs stopped their entry to following the order banning of coal," International Exporters' Chamber of Commerce said.

Khonglah said she tried to convince customs officials at ICP that the Supreme Court's order does not apply to third country exports with transit through but they refused to accept the logic.

at Guwahati in has taken up the matter with the Indian customs and government, officials said.

The 33 trucks were cleared by customs officials for travelling through at Darranga in Assam's district. Darranga adjoins Samdrup Jongkhar town in Bhutan.

Customs officials said they have sought clarification from the Meghalaya and the Union on the order since it was of a "general nature".

in-charge P S Thangkhiew said he has already taken up the matter with the competent authorities.

The Tuesday banned the 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 in 2014 by the (NGT).

The 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 district.

members of the trapped miners, who are feared dead, are trying to identify a body found 160 feet below the flooded mine by Navy divers, a district said.

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First Published: Fri, January 18 2019. 21:22 IST