The environment co-ordination committee (ECC) of Elaka Sutnga will rally against the State government for not moving a finger to take action on coke plants as per the directive issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
The East Zone bench of the NGT on July 8 had directed 31 illegal coke plants in East Jaiñtia Hills district to pay a fine of to pay a fine of Rs 4.75 crore as environmental compensation and told the state government to frame an action plan against such plants established prior to 2021 within four months.
The 31 coke plants were working without obtaining the required consent from the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB).
According to the committee, even after the expiry of four months the government is silent. Irked by inaction, the committee informed that a protest rally will be held on December 15 from 1 kilo to office of the Deputy Commissioner in Khliehriat.
Members of the committee have met many concern departments in the State enquiring about the action plan even as a meeting with the Deputy Chief Minister and no fruitful outcome.
“The State government is totally ignoring the people of Elaka Sutnga and the district as a whole. The government and the concerned ministers have failed to serve the people and failed to respect the life of the citizens of the district,” the committee in a statement here said, adding, “We have to hit the streets once against this irresponsible government.”