Meghalaya: SC allows transportation of coal declared by Katakey Committee from May 17

Meghalaya: SC allows transportation of coal declared by Katakey Committee from May 17
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SHILLONG | May 10, 2019:

The Supreme Court of India, in the order passed today, has permitted the transportation of coal which has been assessed and declared by the Katakey Committee.

The Apex Court has permitted the transportation of coal with regard to which transport challans have already been issued by the State of Meghalaya.

The apex court pointed out that challan for transport of coal was issued for 176655 metric tons in pursuance of which 94099 metric tons of coal has already been transported and what is left to be transported was 75050 metric ton of coal.

"We, thus, are of the view that at present, only permission, which can be granted for transportation is of 75050 metric tons," a division bench of the Supreme Court said.

However, the other IAs for transportation of coal which was submitted to the court that there are 38 lakh metrics tonnes could not be taken up and the Court has reserved the order along with main matter i.e. Mining Matter.

The Court was of the view that for the said transportation of quantity of 75050 Mts., the State of Meghalaya has to take necessary precaution that under the guise of this 16 permission, no other coal is transported or mined.

"We further make it clear that while permitting transportation, the State authority should maintain the details of such transportation in different registers noticing: (i) the information of the quantity of the coal, (ii) the details of payments, (iii) the person who is transporting the coal, (iv) the person who is owner of the coal and (v) details and date of verification certificate," read the order.

"These details are necessary to be noted, since we are yet to take a decision that what further liability can be imposed on such coal, which is going to be transported under this order."

Furthermore, the Apex Court also directed the State to take appropriate precaution while granting permission for transportation and under the strength of this order, no other kind or category of coal shall be permitted to be transported.

"State should entrust the duty to responsible officers of the State Government not below the rank of Deputy Commissioner to ensure compliance of this order and conditions to be fixed by the State Government."

The SC also directed the State of Meghalaya to finalise the mechanism for ensuring verification and transportation of coal as permitted above which mechanism be finalised and publicised for the benefit of all concerned and put in place within a week from today.

After 31st May, 2019 no transportation shall be permitted. 

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