SHILLONG, Apr 29: An exporter from Jaintia Hills has expressed concern over the reported move of the Commerce and Industries department to allow transportation of coal from Guwahati.
In this connection, the department has written a letter to the East Jaintia Hills, deputy commissioner urging the district administration to allow transportation of such coal.
It may be mentioned that two cement companies from East Jaintia Hills, Star Cement and Meghalaya Cement had urged the Commerce and Industries department to allow transportation of coal from Guwahati.
An exporter Fendry Khonglah, said that the State government should not be in a hurry to allow transportation of coal.
“All of us are living in scarcity, so why just for the functioning of the cement companies the state should risk the lives of citizens of the state,” Khonglah said.
According to him, East Jaintia Hills till date is free from COVID-19.
The exporter said that till date it was not clear whether the virus is active in the country since testing are not done randomly.
It may be mentioned as per the letter of the Commerce and Industries department to the deputy commissioner of East Jaintia Hills, the respective cement companies should be allowed to transport coal subject to the condition that only 30 trucks be allowed to ply per day.
Meanwhile, the letter of the department to the deputy commissioner also states that as per a letter of Dalmia Cements (Bharat) Ltd dated April 17, to allow transportation of coal from Guwahati, the department pleaded that the deputy commissioner should allow the company to do so subject to the condition that only 30 trucks are allowed a day.
However, the deputy commissioner is yet to decide on the letter of the Commerce and Industries department.