Court orders Lafarge to obtain fresh approval, Bangladesh

Court orders Lafarge to obtain fresh approval, Bangladesh
Published: 30 March 2010

India’s Supreme Court has ordered Lafarge Bangladesh’s works to get approval from the federal environmental agency before it resumes mining for limestone in the eastern state of Meghalaya.

BusinessWeek reported that Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan ordered Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd to also seek permission from the forest department in an order yesterday. The court had ordered the company to stop mining on February 5.

India’s Attorney General Ghulam E Vahanvati had sought permission for the Lafarge unit to mine because it agreed to pay INR100m (US$2.2m) to a trust created by the Meghalaya state government for development. A group from Shella village affected by the limestone mining opposed the plan and filed a public suit.