Tura, Jan 22: Coal transport in the Garo Hills region has completely shut down despite an order from the state for the movement of coal tucks in transit to be allowed to be cleared from the roads.
The three coal transport regions, including the North, South and East Garo Hills has seen literally no trucks transporting coal after the order which sources blamed on the ambiguous nature of the order that left too many loopholes to be exploited.
Following the order by the chief secretary of the state to allow for coal in transit to pass, there had been an opportunity for coal trucks to continue transport. However with the situation looking to turn into a free for all, the various administrations have more or less stopped transport until a clearer picture emerged.
Talking on the condition of anonymity, a highly placed police source said, “The order is ambiguous in nature and does not specify what to consider as trucks in transit. There is opportunity to make a complete mockery of the order after which district authorities will be blamed. Thus the decision to stop transportation until more clear information is given.”
Meanwhile trucks that had lined up the road from Rongjeng in EGH up to Dainadubi in NGH have already returned to their depots over the fear of confiscation as well as dacoity. The same has meant that there almost no trucks in transit on the said route.
The situation in Gausapara however is very different with export being stopped due to the order from the SGH administration. Most exporters were anguished over the development even as 1000 of trucks are stranded in the export hub in SGH.
Coal transport had been allowed by the Supreme Court from Dec 4, 2018 until Jan 31 2019. However in another hearing on Jan 15 this month, the Court came down heavily on illegal mining continuing in the state while asking for a ban on transport until the next hearing to be held on Feb 19.