Bangladesh has lifted the embargo imposed on coal being mined in Meghalaya till June 30 next year. The embargo was imposed on June 30 citing high sulphur content in Meghalaya coal which causes pollution but users prefer it for its low ash content, officials said.
This is the sixth time in eight years that Bangladesh government imposed the ban, but every time it lifted the embargo after a couple of weeks due to pressure from the country's trading lobbies.
An official in Ghasuapara Coal Exporters' Association told PTI that the brick kilns in Bangladesh prefer Meghalaya coal due to its low ash content.
Meghalaya exports around 5 lakh MT of coal extracted from underground pits and bowels to Bangladesh every year at the cost of around 52 dollar per MT.
The exporters are likely to resume coal supply to the neighbouring country by the end of this month.