Cooperatives for sustainable mining: NGT

The chairman of the committee of the National Green Tribunal(NGT) for rat hole mining in Meghalaya has advised small coal mine owners in the State to form cooperatives to shift to scientific and sustainable mining. He added that cooperatives will have to ensure the safety of mining workers and sustainability of the environmentally vulnerable areas.… Continue reading Cooperatives for sustainable mining: NGT

‘Consent letters of miners’ families filed in SC’

The Meghalaya government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that the families of the victims, who were trapped inside a rat hole mine in December 2018 and are still untraced, have consented to call off search operations. 16 miners had gone missing in an illegal rat hole mine located at Ksan near… Continue reading ‘Consent letters of miners’ families filed in SC’

Miners: Meghalaya to move SC for end to op

Meghalaya Chief Minister has said that the State government will appeal to the Supreme Court to stop the operations to retrieve the bodies of miners. 15 miners have been trapped in an illegal rat hole mine located at Ksan near the Lytein River in East Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya since December 13 2018. In January 2019,… Continue reading Miners: Meghalaya to move SC for end to op

SC rejects Meghalaya miners’ plea on coal transportation

The Supreme Court has refused to allow miners to transport extracted coal lying at various sites in Meghalaya.There have been allegations that mine owners are misusing the relaxation on transportation of extracted coal to flout the ban on rat-hole mining. Earlier,The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned rat-hole mining in 2014,and retained the ban in… Continue reading SC rejects Meghalaya miners’ plea on coal transportation

Meghalaya rathole mine tragedy: SC questions need to go on with rescue work but agrees to one ‘last-ditch effort’

The Supreme Court has questioned the need to continue with the rescue operations for trapped miners in a rathole mine in Meghalaya. A coal mine in Meghalaya East Jaintia Hills had collapsed which threw light on a dangerous procedure known as “rat-hole mining”. Rat hole mining involves digging of very small tunnels, usually only 3-4… Continue reading Meghalaya rathole mine tragedy: SC questions need to go on with rescue work but agrees to one ‘last-ditch effort’