Meghalaya: Former CM Mukul Sangma fires salvo at NPP led govt over coal transportation issue

Meghalaya: Former CM  Mukul Sangma fires salvo at NPP led govt over coal transportation issue

Shillong, Jan 19, 2019

Meghalaya's Leader of Opposition Dr Mukul Sangma has taken a strong exception over the alleged reports that large number of coal laden trucks were waiting at the Land Custom Station (LCS) in Gasuapara, South Garo Hills to cross to over to Bangladesh without valid documents.

"This development gives an indication that the NPP led Government is colliding with the Centre in activities which will drain the State exchequer," Dr Mukul who was also the former Chief Minister said while reacting to reports that thousands of coal laden trucks were spotted at LCS in Gasaupara on Saturday.

According to the former Chief Minister, the State is going to lose such precious revenues if these coal laden trucks are allowed to cross over to Bangladesh without 'valid documents".

Earlier on Friday, there were reports about 31 coal laden trucks originating from Bhutan were stranded at the Dawki-Tamabil LCS along the international border with Bangladesh in West Jaintia Hills district.

A senior government official however said that the trucks were stranded at the LCS in Dawki-Tamabil LCS since there was confusion over the apex court ruling on the transportation of coal from the State.

The senior government official said that the coal laden trucks originating from Bhutan has now been allowed to enter Bangladesh. The senior government official said that he has no information about the coal laden trucks stranded at the LCS in Gasuapara. It may be recalled that apex court on Tuesday had banned transportation of coal in Meghalaya till the next hearing fixed on February 19 for its failure to curb illegal mining.

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