Reliance Cement has proposed a 5Mt capacity cement plant the biggest so far in Himachal Pradesh, India. Aside from Reliance, eight other firms have bid for this project proposed to be set up in Chopal area of Shimla district but with capacities slated at around 2Mta.
The other firms who have bid for the grant of prospective license are reported to be Lafarge, JK Cements, Ambuja, ACC, Dalmia, Abhijit Group, Laxmi Cements and Atha Mines, officials told the Hill Post
The plant is proposed to be set up at the Sanrothi limestone deposits which is close to the Gummah limestone deposits where India cements is already setting up a 2Mt capacity plant.
“The process of technical and financial evaluation of bids is being carried out on the basis of which allotment will be made,” said JS Rana Director state industries department.
The state already has four cement plants in operation run by ACC, Ambuja, CCI and Jaypee which have a total capacity of 12.6Mt. Four others with a capacity of 7.27Mt are in the process of being set up.
Environmentalists have been expresing deep concern at the setting up of so many cement plants in the fragile mountain terrain of the state.