From our correspondent, TNT News | Tura, February 1, 2018:
The much talked about issue of overloaded coal trucks was raised today by GSU (Garo Students Union) – Mindikgre unit in South Garo Hills (SGH). These coal trucks were reportedly plying through National Highway – 62, worsening the condition of the already damaged road. The NGO also raised another issue of some coal trucks plying without valid challans.
In a memo sent by the NGO today, the GSU sought control over the overloading of coal trucks and sent a memorandum to the director of DMR of West Garo Hills seeking action on their complaint.
“The coal trucks are plying without challans (P-Form) and are also overloaded. The NGT guidelines state that extracted coal no more than 9 tons can be transported through a valid challan. It is depressing to see that every time that transportation is allowed the guidelines are followed in spirit only,” said president of the unit, Grenteh Sangma.
Coal is transported from the town of Nongalbibra in South Garo Hills to either Goalpara district in Assam or the export hub of Gasuapara in South Garo Hills in Meghalaya using the NH 62.
Sangma said, “These overloaded coal trucks have been creating havoc on the condition of the road and everywhere you can see only potholes and broken bridges between Rongdong through Baghmara and beyond.”
The NGO referred to the Supreme Court guidelines on overloading of trucks which recommended compounding vehicles.
“We would like to ask your DMR team to thereby check overloading of coal trucks as well as ensure trucks ply with valid challans going forward,” said Sangma in the memo.