The persistence of residents of Sukolilo subdistrict, Pati, Central Java, rejecting the construction of a PT Semen Gresik factory, compelled the state cement company to start concentrating on building such a project in Tuban, East Java.
"In view of problems in land procurement in Pati, for the time being we are building a cement plant in Tuban, pending the land procurement in Pati," head of the communications division of PT Semen Gresik Saefuddin Zuhri Friday.
Besides, Saefuddin said, PT Semen Gresik (SG) cannot impose its will of continuing the construction of the project amidst a rejection of the residents living near and around the project. "Besides, (Central Java) Governor Bibit Waluyo has also called on PT SG to cool down for some time," he said.
Since PT SG still has to catch up with its target set by the government to boost its production capacity to 2.5 million tons in 2012, the company has to focus on building a cement plant in another area, he said.