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NCP demands closure of illegal cement units

Opposition NCP on Friday demanded the government should stop all cement plants operating illegally in Jaintia Hills district.



Shillon: Opposition NCP on Friday demanded
the government should stop all cement plants operating
illegally in Jaintia Hills district beside a compensation in
line with which Supreme Court had imposed on Lafarge Umiam Pvt
Ltd.

The demand came in the wake of the findings of the
High Power Committee of Meghalaya government which submitted
its report in the late hours last year.

"We demand the government to close down all cement
companies in operation in Jaintia Hills district. We also
demand these companies to compensate the state government on
the loss of forest covers and land in line with Supreme Court
order on Lafarge which is mining limestone in Shella in East
Khasi Hills for afforestation and development of local area,"
Opposition Leader Conrad K Sangma told reporters here.

The HPC, headed by J P Prakash had, in its report to
the state government confirmed there were ample evidence to
indicate that the cement plants have been set up in forest
areas.

Terming the revelation of the HPC as a "massive scam",
Conrad called for an immediate closure of all cement plants
adding that compensation due from these companies could run
beyond Rs 2000 crores.
There are 8 private companies producing cement at
present operating in Jaintia Hills while there are a couple
more that have applied for necessary permissions from the
State government.

Earlier, the Youth Wing of the party had demanded for
an independent inquiry into the alleged violation Forest
Conservation Act 1980 by several cement factories that have
come up in the last 15 years in Jaintia Hills district.

An preliminary inspection conducted by the district
unit of the party indicated that companies situated within the
Narpuh reserve forest do not have necessary clearance from the
MoEF, the party youths had said.

A memorandum was submitted to the additional chief
secretary of Forest and Environment with a note that these
factories is causing "rampant" destruction of forest n
environment.

PTI

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