After hearing various petitions on coal mining ban in Meghalaya for about a week, the Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its order. The order is expected in July after the summer vacation of the court from May 11 to June 30.

The matter pertaining to the NGT ban imposed on Meghalaya was heard by a Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice KM Joseph. Additional Solicitor General and senior advocate ANS Nadkarni argued for the Centre.

The court also heard applications for transportation of already extracted coal and the order in this regard will be delivered on May 10. The Meghalaya government has maintained that it is in favour of regulated coal mining activities in the state.

The state government said this in the apex court during a hearing on a petition led by Lber Laloo, who wanted the ban on coal mining, imposed by the NGT since April 2014, to be lifted.

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