Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday said that no illegal coke plants are operational in the State.
“All illegal coke plants have been asked to shut down. Only the ones that have got paperwork, environmental clearances, only those have been allowed to function,” he told reporters.
“Therefore, I would make the distinction that there is no question of any illegal coke plants functioning (in Meghalaya),” he said, adding that if there are any Coke plants that try to come ‘illegally’ that too will be closed.”
Underlining the need to create more awareness on balance between ecology and economy, Sangma expressed hope that the future will bring more technological solutions to reduce the impact on nature.
”There are guidelines and principles based on which certain industries can be set up. Therefore, we need to balance between ecology and economy, but as we move along with the help of technologies we will be able to achieve it,” he said, adding that the State must also look at job creation and employment to ensure that economy is sustained.