Meghalaya : Environmental Panel Calls-For Dismantling Of Coke Plants, Writes To CM Sangma

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The Environment Co-ordination Committee (ECC) has written to the Meghalaya Chief Minister – Conrad Sangma, requesting that 29 Coke Plants Unit in Elaka Sutnga be dismantled.

According to the ‘Right to Information (RTI)’ Act findings, these 29 units were granted Refusal of Consent.

The dismantling should be initiated, in compliance with the RTI findings that the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) has refused consent to 29 coke plants.

According to Sutnga, those units were granted ‘Refusal of Consent’ after the board discovered the operation without prior consent from the Board; thereby violating Section 25 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 and section 21 of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981.

Sutnga stated that, in view of the circumstances, the ECC, Elaka Sutnga, and the Headmen (Waheh Shnong) of the Elaka, on behalf of their respective village Dorbars, requested the chief minister to take immediate action and issue necessary orders directing the dismantlement of the 29 units within three months.

“If you fail to comply with such order/orders, you may consider authorizing the appropriate District Magistrate to intervene in this matter and dismantle all erring coke facilities,” Sutnga added.

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