Auctioning of coal in Meghalaya in a week’s time: Sangma

Coal India

Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has said that the process
for auctioning of coal in the state would start in about a week.
“We already had a meeting with the MSTC Limited (Metal Scrap and Trade Corporation),
and the entire procedures for auctioning have been finalized with MSTC and Coal India
Limited,” Sangma said on Thursday.
“Now that the MSTC has cleared the entire process on how to be done, I hope that we
can initiate the actual auctioning process in about a week or 10 days time,” he informed.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) appointed committee had earlier approved
auctioning of 2 lakh metric tons of extracted coal in Meghalaya out of 32,56,715 lakhs
metric tons of extracted coal.
There are 75,000 MT in East Jaiñtia Hills district, 50,000 MT each in West Khasi Hills
and South Garo Hills districts, and 25,000 MT in South West Khasi Hills district.
In its order passed on July 3, 2019, the Supreme Court had directed that the entire
extracted coal stocks already identified be handed over to the Coal India Limited for
the purpose of disposal/auction as per the rules the CIL and mode and manner
formulated by the NGT appointed committee.
The NGT committee has approved auctioning of only 2 lakh metric tons on a pilot
basis.