Allaying apprehensions of illegal land acquisition for the US$25m limestone mining project in Meghalaya, India for its upcoming cement plant across the border in Bangladesh, a senior official of cement major Lafarge has said it was adhering to all rules and regulations of the country. Lafarge is a very ethical company and it abides by all rules, regulations and law of the land before starting its operations, Yong Ngai Chan, director of the Lafarge Umiam Mining Pvt Ltd (LUMPL) said.
According to the present plan, Lafarge would set up a US $247m cement plant in Bangladesh’s Chatak area after acquiring limestone from neighbouring Nongtrai and Shella of Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district and carrying the mineral in a 17km long conveyer belt across the two countries. Chan, based in Bangladesh, said the company was ’committed’ to the sustainable development and environmental protection of Nongtrai and assured ’safe’ quarrying of limestone with high technology. Our aim is to leave the place in a much better condition, he concluded.