Closure notice sent to 15 illegal coke industries in WKH

Shillong, Aug 31: The Assembly Committee on Environment, on Monday, informed that Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board has issued a notice of closure to 15 illegal coke industries in West Khasi Hills District for violating Air and Water Pollution Act.

Speaking to reporters after the committee meeting, Chairperson SK Sunn said that the District Authorities should follow the directions given by the Meghalaya SPCB and close and dismantle these illegal factories within 14 days.

Along with Committee members, officials from Commerce and Industries Department, Mining and Geology Department, Directorate of Mineral Resources, Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board, Central Pollution Control Board, Water Resource Department, PHE Department, and representatives from West Khasi Hills District Deputy Commissioner were present at the meet.

Presenting drone shots, the Committee informed that several illegal coal factories have mushroomed in Shallang which is affecting the environment and biodiversity of the region.

The Committee Chairperson also revealed that there were 20 coke industries operating in the region, however, only three factories had been issued consent to establish (CTE) and consent to operate (CTO).

He informed that one factory has been provided CTE and three others are in the process of applying. On Shakambari Ferro Alloys Private Limited, the Committee has given them one week to provide their documents.