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SHILLONG | Sept 18, 2019:

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday accepted that there might have been few cases of illegal transportation and mining of coal but maintained that the state government is continuously monitoring mining and transportation adding that they have been able to reduce it to a considerable extent.

Talking to newsmen on the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony at the Raj Bhawan, the Chief Minister said that there could be incidents that might have slipped their notice but the MMDR  provisions enacted by the government for the first time are applicable to imprison those found guilty for five years.

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He said that a lot of monitoring, stringent steps have been taken to reduce the illegal activity to a large extent.

Acknowledging that in many situation, activities do happen despite laws being put in place but maintained that strict action will be taken.

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The NGT Committee headed by former judge, Justice BP Katakey has asserted that illegal transportation of coal is still taking place in the state  even as there was no permission for transporting of coal by any court of law from January 1, 2019.

The statement came from Katakey after holding the 18th sitting of the committee constituted by the NGT here on last Monday.

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