Illegal coal mining continues, more than 250 trucks witnessed in Beltola

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Guwahati, January 12: Despite varied efforts of the government like setting up Way Bridge, installing CCTV Cameras, and initiating GST on coal mining, more than 250 illegal trucks carrying coal were witnessed passing through Beltola last night.

It has been reported that around 280 trucks carrying were seen trespassing the Khanapara- Beltola area of Guwahati.  On January 5, Transport dept Secretary, Ashutosh Agnihotri under Hiren Chandra Nath, Commissioner of Police, Guwahati, installed CCTV Cameras and  Check Ways, in order to increase surveillance and put a halt on such illegal passage of trucks. Even after such efforts at banning illegal coal mining, the coal miners are actively engaging themselves in illegal extraction of coal in the region.

Sources have further confirmed that hundreds of other such trucks are waiting in Nongpoh, the border area of Shillong and Guwahati, for their dispersal tonight.

It has been suspected that these illegal transporters are getting protection from some syndicate groups. As reported, these illegal transportations are taking place under the patronage of politicians and an unholy nexus between varied departments.

Earlier in December, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma alleged that national Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned illegal coal mining in the state while declaring that Meghalaya can continue mining only under Mineral Development Corporation (MMCD).