Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today asserted that the four cement plants – one each near Sundernagar, Alcindi, Chamba and Chopal in Shimla district – would be set up within three years as they would generate local employment and the government would ensure environment protection.
Addressing the BJP partyworkers’ district ‘Abbhahar sammelan’ here today, Prem Kumar Dhumal said there were limited jobs in the government sector and these cement plants would be set up ensuring all safeguards in protecting the environment in the state.
All four cement plants would set up in the private sector within a time period of three years, he added.
Setting aside the environmental concerns raised by local residents in town of Sundernagar, Dhumal said the government would strike a balance between development and environment. “People need bread and butter and jobs and environment comes later,” he added.
Dhumal said he had directed the industry department to go ahead with the process of setting up the cement plants.
“We will ensure that these plants come into production within three years. The biggest challenge before us is how to generate employment. We will take care of environment, before we need rozgar,” he said.