HC stops export of coal through Gasuapara

TURA, May 25: The Meghalaya High Court has once again come into matters of illegal coal and its transport in the state ordering stoppage of all transport of coal through the Gasuapara land custom station through use of e-way bills issued by Guwahati-based Jai Maa Enterprise.
The court orders come in the wake of a petition was filed by an exporter, Maikel T Sangma over the legality of the transport of coal that is being exported into Bangladesh through the Gasuapara land custom station.
The HC order comes following inaction by the state’s Chief Secretary over the same complaint filed by Sangma, seeking a stop to the illegal transport of coal to the neighbouring country. Currently export of coal is being allowed through the use of e-way bills of Jai Maa Enterprise.
The complaint by Sangma, who was represented by lawyer Sujit Dey, has alleged that there has been an attempt to export coal illegally without permission or assessment of quantity. It is submitted that a complaint by way of a representation on May 20, has been brought to the notice of the Chief Secretary and since no action was forthcoming, the petitioner is before this Court today,” stated the order of the Court.
The order for the use of e-way bills for export to Jai Maa was apparently given by the state DMR office with instructions to check entry through Dainadubi in North Garo Hills and exit (into Bangladesh) by the employees at Gasuapara in South Garo Hills. Based on the same order, the deputy commissioner of South Garo Hills allowed the transport of coal through the district.
The order however did not mention the quantity of coal to be exported, which was stated to have been dumped at Gasuapara.
Further attention was drawn to a letter dated April 29, wherein a request for an assessment of the dumped coal apart from the ceased coal was to be made. However this exercise was not undertaken.
The matter will next be heard on May 30.

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