M’laya seeks S Korea’s help to reclaim land lost due to coal mining

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Conrad to visit Seoul to study post-mining land reclamation

HT Bureau

SHILLONG, Nov 16:  Meghalaya government has sought South Korea’s help to reclaim the land the state has lost due to unscientific coal mining that went unchecked for decades.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma will lead a high level delegation to South Korea soon to explore possibilities of replicating land reclamation processes tested in that country in the coal mines of Meghalaya.

“South Korea has led the way in terms of land reclamation in its own land. There is a lot to learn from them,” Home Minister James P K Sangma said.

James, who addressed the media along with South Korea ambassador to India Shin Bong-kil, said, “We have discussed with Shin Bong-kil about land reclamation post coal mining.”

During the bilateral summit between South Korea and Government of Meghalaya, held in Shillong on Saturday, the latter gave a presentation on mining which highlighted the pollution it has caused over the years.

The state government sought Korean technology to find ways to purify the rivers and streams.

The South Korean Ambassador was here as part of the three-day Cherry Blossom Festival which was concluded on Saturday.

Several Korean events were being organised in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre India including a K-Pop concert, Korean Taekwondo display as well as Korean cuisine. Stalls exhibiting opportunities in education in South Korea were also there.

Shin Bong-kil said the Republic of Korea and Meghalaya are exploring opportunities for mutual bilateral relations to promote tourism and exchange ideas on technological know-how.

“One Korean Company which has expertise in solid waste management presented its technology through a presentation,” Shin Bong-Kil South Korea’s Ambassador to India said while speaking to the media after the meeting.

Lauding the natural beauty of Shillong, Bong-Kil said, “The State seems to have immense potential in the tourism sector.” He added, “It’s so beautiful here and a relaxed atmosphere. Anyone can come here don’t do anything and relax.”

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