• The National Green Tribunal (NGT)  imposed a cost of ₹100 crore on the Meghalaya government following a report submitted by an independent committee on mining in the State.
  • A Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, directed the government to deposit the amount with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) within two months.
  • The report indicates that the April 2014 order has been blatantly violated.
  • The Acid Mine Discharge (AMD) has been continuing and consequently, water bodies, including rivers and lakes, have been polluted to an extent that it [the water] is not suitable for human consumption.
  • The compensation has been levied based on the environmental loss owing to this
  • The NGT directed that all the cranes present at the sites be seized.
  • It also directed that the 2,700 trucks seized while carrying illegal coal to be released only after 50% value of a new truck is paid.
  • The NGT was hearing multiple pleas pertaining to the threat to life arising out of coal mining.