Meghalaya Government to Pay 100 Crore as Fine for Illegal Mining
NGT imposed a 100 crore fine on Meghalaya government for illegal coal mining. A high-level committee report said that a majority of mines in the state were operating without a lease or license.
A fine was imposed by the National Green Tribunal for failing to check illegal coal mining in the state.
This order has come to rescue 15 miners trapped in an illegal rat-hole mine in East Jaintia Hills since December 13.
The fine amount can be recovered from illegal miners and officials who allowed such illegal mining. That amount has to be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board within two months, ANI said.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court has expressed the dissatisfaction with the rescue operation as it asked why they didn’t ask the support of the army.
Also, the court asked the centre and Meghalaya government to submit a status report about rescue operation by January 7.