Shillong: Coal Coking in Meghalaya made to the news in recent times. But the news-making is because of the protests by people where such plant is constructed. According to experts, Coal Coking is a process of heating coal in the absence of air — a destructive distillation process to produce a coal coke which is a grey, hard, and porous fuel with a high carbon content and few impurities.
Yesterday the North East Indigenous People Front (NEIPF) Youth Wing South Eastern Border Region, East Jaiñtia Hills District, strongly protests against the plan to construct coal coking factory in the area. The NGO protests on the basis that such factory will do more harm than good to the people, air and water in neighbouring villages such as Diengsahtlang, Ladwapung and Umsatai Pynurkba.
NEIPF therefore, urged the villagers to strongly protest this move to set up such factory without prior scrutiny about the health hazards such will cause on the people and their surroundings.