India: agitation against proposed cement plant continues

India: agitation against proposed cement plant continues
Published: 15 December 2009

Locals have further stepped up their agitation against the proposed INR2500-crore cement plant near Mahuva in Saurashtra region, following Gujarat government’s green signal to the project.

"Local people and particularly farmers here are firm that they don’t want a Nirma group’s cement plant in the area. They feel that the State government has given a ’go ahead’ to the project against their wish," BJP MLA Dr Kanubhai Kalsaria, who led the agitation and was yesterday detained along with more than 100 people, said.

Since last April, people have been protesting against the Gujarat government’s decision to grant over 4000ha lands to the Nirma industry for the cement plant having a capacity to produce 1Mta. According to locals, their sole source of livelihood is agriculture, which is being snatched away from them for developing a cement plant, which would require lands for limestone mining.