Exclusive | Now Allegations of Rat Hole Mining in Margherita, NGT directs Investigation

Guwahati, January 31: Following a petition filed at the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata, alleging rampant illegal coal mining in Upper Assam’s Margherita area, the NGT has directed the Assam State Pollution Control Board (PCB) for immediate inspection.

The petition was filed by Advocate Rahul Choudhary alleging illegal sand and boulders mining within the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, also illegal coal mining and operation of the coke oven plants around Margherita.

Allegedly the mining in Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary was taking place in the bed of the Dirak River along the Assam Arunachal Pradesh border resulting in adverse affects on environment like river erosion.

The petition has also alleged that around 600 tonnes of coals are being illegally extracted in the form of Rat Hole and Surface mining from Margherita everyday.

On this Justice SP Wangdi, Judicial Member of the NGT has now directed the Assam PCB, District Mining officers, Magistrates, Tinsukia district and also Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district to inspect the area. Following the inspection action will be taken against the same before March 1, said the NGT Order.

(VR)