Residents of East Garo Hills complain to NGT to conduct spot inquiry to verify actual amount of extracted coal.

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Two residents of Garo Hills have demanded a spot inquiry to ascertain the quantity of seized coal in the three locations in the South Garo Hills district.

Senthone T Sangma and Lasting Sangma, both of Balsrigittim, East Garo Hills district have filed a complaint before the chairman of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for necessary intervention.

The complaint was against the coal auction notice issued by the Deputy Commissioner of South Garo Hills on September 24, this year for violation of the Supreme Court’s ruling and illegal coal mining in the district.

“(We) have filed a complaint before the NGT chairman (requesting the need) to conduct spot inquiry into the unclaimed coal, which were seized in 3 locations – Rongding Awe Dangsa Awe Garigittim, Rongding Awe Pattagittim and Jadigittim- as claimed by the DC,” Senthone and Lasting in a statement said.

They have also sought the immediate cancelation of the lifting order issued to the successful bidders/individuals if, upon inquiry, the seized coal is found to be lesser than the claim made by the DC.

“If the quantity of coal lying in the 3 locations is less than the claim made by the government, if that be the case it will create a scope for illegal coal mining and if the claim of the government is incorrect and if there is a lesser quantity of seized coal lying in the said locations, there is no question for auctioning and issuing the lifting order to the successful bidder for transportation of coal,” they said.

Meanwhile, the complainants have threatened to approach the principal bench of the NGT, New Delhi for filing of a proper petition with a prayer to issue necessary direction to stop the unscientific rat-hole mining of coal in the state.