|Meghalaya asked to stop rat-hole mining|
GUWAHATI, April 21 – Taking serious note of unabated illegal mining in Meghalaya, especially in the Jaintia Hills, the National Green Tribunal has directed the State Government to take appropriate measures to stop rat-hole mining/illegal mining in the State immediately.
The Tribunal also asked the State Government to stop illegal transport of coal. The Meghalaya DGP has been asked to report to the Tribunal about the compliance of the order by the next date of hearing.
The All Dimasa Students' Union, Dima Hasao District Committee, while moving the Tribunal over the severe ill- effects of rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya, mentioned how the Kopili river was getting increasingly polluted by the illegal mining, posing a grave health hazard to people and animals besides adversely impacting agriculture.