Meghalaya: MDA partners, non-NPP ministers “unhappy” with Govt over illegal coal transportation issue

Meghalaya: MDA partners, non-NPP ministers “unhappy” with Govt over illegal coal transportation issue

Shillong | June 8, 2020

The partners of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) and Cabinet Ministers in the Government have raised the issue of illegal transportation of coal with Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma.

It is reported that majority of the MDA partners including few of the Cabinet Ministers are unhappy over the way the Government is handling the issue of illegal transportation of coal.

It may mentioned that there were reports that hundreds of coal laden trucks are stationed in Shillong Bypass since last three to four days and surprisingly that has not come to the attention of the authorities.

Meanwhile, sources revealed that most of the coal laden trucks that are stationed are directed towards Jowai during the day and the sane trucks head towards Guwahati during the night time.

According to sources, the MDA partners wanted that the people and stakeholders who are involved in allowing the transportation of coal and are illegally benefitting from this move to be exposed.

It may be mentioned that the opposition and various NGOs have been, time and again, flagging this issue but ironically the transportation still continues.

Recently, the youth wing of the United Democratic Party, an ally in the MDA government of Conrad Sangma in the state, has demanded that a judicial probe be initiated into reports of widespread extortion carried out on passing coal trucks in North Garo Hills on December 30 night by civilians allegedly backed by NPP minister.

The alleged extortion took place at the gates run by the state transport department and the Directorate of Mineral Resources (DMR) located at Dainadubi in North Garo Hills.

Huge sums of money, reportedly Rs 26,000, were extorted from each coal-laden truck which was passing through the gates on that night.

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