Committee report on coal mining, Meghalaya, 15/01/2021
Eighth report of the Committee appointed by the National Green Tribunal under the Chairmanship of Justice B. D. Agarwal submitted to the NGT on 15/01/2021.
The genesis of the constitution of the Committee, appointed by the NGT was based on news item reports of July 6, 2012 of thirty coal labourers trapped inside a coal mine at Nongalbibra in South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. Fifteen of them died inside the coal mine.
The Committee recommended that the guidelines for operating Meghalaya Environment Protection and Restoration Fund (MEPRF) notified by the state government should be approved. That the NGT may kindly approve for release of a sum of Rs. 90,80,445 from MEPR Fund to NESAC, Umiam, Meghalaya for preparation of land use and land cover map of the districts in Meghalaya affected adversely on account of illegal coal mining.