Lafarge Umiam Mining (LUM), has rubbished allegations of violating Supreme Court order on mining activities in Meghalaya.
Shella Action Committee (SAC) was seeking justice from the apex court against Lafarge’s ’’violation of the Constitutional provision’’ against transfer over of tribal land in Meghalaya.
The committee alleged that quarries operated by Lafarge would have long-term implications on the people of Meghalaya in having control over indigenous lands and using of sustainable resources.
LUM is to mine and supply limestone for its US$250mcement plant at its Surma Cement at Chhatak in Bangladesh, located just 10km away from the quarries across the Indo-Bangla border.
The minerals are sent through a 17 km-long unique cross-border mine to plant conveyor belt.
In an emailed statement issued here, Lafarge said: ’’There is nothing new in the allegations made by the SAC which is an unconnected breakaway group of Shella Village Durbar.’’ It added that the company had always followed the environmental and legal compliances.
’’We are strictly adhering to the Supreme Court’s decision and we have immediately stopped its mining operations in the area,’’ the statement added.