Meghalaya hopeful to re-export extracted coal from state in next ten days

Shillong, May 13, 2020 (MMP): Meghalaya is hopeful to re-export the extracted coal from the state in the next one week or ten days. This was disclosed by Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma to the media after the Cabinet Meeting at the Main Secretarait in Shillong. Sangma informed media that he has spoken to the Union Coal Minister, Pralhad Joshi relating to resumption of coal export in the state and the information that he received from him was positive.                          The Chief Minister said the state is having a commulative stock of 32 lakh metric tones of extracted coal and the Coal India Ltd has allowed export of 2 lakh metric tones of extracted coal from the state. Meghalaya is now importing coal from Assam to cater the need of cement industries in Jaintia Hills District of the state. When asked to comment on the agitation of the coal miners of Jaintia Hills protesting the import of coal from Assam due to Covid-19, Sangma said the state was unable to export the extracted coal due to court’s order. Coal miners are protesting against the state Government for importing coal from Assam instead of making a vigorous persuation with the Centre of lift the ban on coal export from the state. MMP    


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