Shillong: Khliehriat MLA Kyrmen Shylla on Wednesday claimed he will not entertain any illegal coke factories in his area, especially in East Jaintia Hills District, Meghalaya.

Shylla stated that his stand remains the same, which is to neither entertain nor encourage illegal coke factories.

“People must understand that through these illegal activities, the state loses revenue, and the public loses benefits,” mentioned Shylla.

He added that legal factories with proper documents and those following the environmental norms cannot be stopped from functioning by the government.

“These people have invested a huge sum of money, and those who break the rules and are working illegally should not be entertained,” added Shylla.

When asked about the people feeling betrayed, Shylla said that NOC is given by the local heads. “A kind of discussion or consultation should be made with all the stakeholders and also come up with a rule as to how many factories can be set up in a particular area. Maybe through this people will be able to deal with the issue. Such factories can only be set up upon receiving a NOC,” stated Shylla.

Shylla’s response follows a public rally in East Jaintia Hills District on Tuesday to oppose the rise of illegal coke factories in the district.

The Minister also acknowledged that there are several coke factories in the district, however, he was not able to ascertain how many of these were legal or illegal.



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