The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in an interim order has stayed rat hole mining in Jaintia Hills.

The petitioners contended in the original application no 73/2014; M.A.No.174/2014 that the water bodies which are sources of water for human consumption and other related activities were severely contaminated in the downstream areas of Assam due to acid mine discharge from the mining areas in Jaintia Hills located in the upstream.