Limestone to roll in again for Lafarge, says Meghalaya's deputy CM
Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya BM Lanong says he is confident that the supply of limestone from the Indian state for Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd in Bangladesh will resume soon.
Lanong expressed his optimism yesterday while he was speaking as a speaker at the North-East India-Bangladesh -- Trade and Investment Conclave -- at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
"We don't need to worry about the movement of limestone from Meghalaya to Bangladesh. The movement of limestone will resume soon," Lanong said.
Earlier this month, the Indian Supreme Court restrained the cement giant from mining limestone in Meghalaya, saying mining cannot be allowed in an eco-fragile area.
The court stayed the mining activities on the basis of a report from the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forest, which said the company had been extracting minerals from the land in the forest area.
The case is pending with the court and the next hearing has been set for March 19.
Lafarge used to bring in limestone for a plant in Chhatak in Sunamganj from the quarry across the border by a 17-kilometre conveyer.