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Construction : Web Exclusive | January 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Nine cement plants in Meghalaya are on forest land

A Supreme Court appointed team has stated in its report that nine cement plants in Meghalaya are being run on forest land. The nine companies are: Adhunik Cement, Amrit Cement Industries, Cement Manufacturing Company, Cosmos Cement, Green Valley Industries, Goldstone Cement, Hills Cement, JUD Cements and Meghalaya Cement.

The Joint Inspection Team (JIT) found that nearly 50 per cent of the surveyed land under the nine cement plants in the Jaintia Hills district was classified as forest.

Out of the 2,150 hectare inspected, 838 are forest, 1,254 non-forest and 58 unresolved, said the report submitted to Meghalaya Government.The Team was constituted in July 2011 and the inspections were carried out between March and June this year.

However, another 1,142 hectares under cement plants was not surveyed. The report said an independent surveying agency must assess the mine areas of the plants since most mines prime facie are larger in extent than shown in map or lease grant to them.

 
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