TURA, Jan 17 - A joint team of the East Garo Hills administration today seized a coal-laden truck from the Nengkhra area on the National Highway-62 operating without any transport challans.
The crackdown comes in the wake of prohibition of illegal coal mining and transport in the State by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the Supreme Court.
East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Swapnil Tembe stated that a joint teams have been formed in the district to check illegal coal mining and transportation of extracted coals without proper transit challans.
“On Wednesday we caught one of the coal-laden trucks plying illegally and the number is likely to increase as I await a report from the team that continues its work there. The East Garo Hills does not have coal mines, so we believe the trucks were carrying coal back to the South Garo Hills after the prohibition,” said the DC.
Sources said that the Nengkhra area has a number of rat-hole mines from which coal was being extracted.
Meanwhile, a large number of coal-laden trucks have been stuck on the NH-62 after the Supreme Court direction to immediately stop transportation. The fate of these trucks now depend on the special leave petition filed by the State Government to allow transportation till January 31.