Shillong: A National Green Tribunal-appointed judicial panel headed by retired judge BP Kakoti has urged the Meghalaya government to install CCTV cameras in different locations to monitor transportation of illegal coal across the state.

The direction of the judicial panel came after a meeting was held in Shillong to discuss the issues related to coal mining in the state. It also decided to follow a protocol of creating awareness about the ill effects of coal mining.

“As there are many reports of illegal coal transportation in Meghalaya, installation of CCTV cameras is very important in order to check the movement of coal laden trucks in the state.” Kakoti expressed in the meeting.

Earlier, the Meghalaya government on Thursday expressed before the Supreme Court that they cannot frame guidelines over coal mining in the state because most of the land are privately owned.

Despite an interim NGT ban on ‘rat-hole’ coal mining is imposed in the state since April, 2014, rampant transportation of illegal coal is still on in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya.

On December 13 last year, at least 15 miners were trapped inside a 370-foot-deep illegal coal mine in Lumthari village of East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya and all efforts to rescue them went in vain.

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