No breaking of rules for cement project, says Lafarge

No breaking of rules for cement project, says Lafarge
Published: 06 December 2004

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.