Forest Bench issues guidelines for future clearances

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the French cement company Lafarge to mine limestone in the forests of the East Khasi hills in Meghalaya.

The Forest Bench, comprising Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia and Justices Aftab Alam and K.S.

This Supreme Court order dated July 6, 2011 permitted Lafarge of France to resume limestone mining in Meghalaya to feed its $255-million cement plant in Bangladesh. This order was delivered by a bench comprising of the Hon’ble Chief Justice SH Kapadia, Justice Aftab Alam and Justice KS Radhakrishnan. According to MoEf this is a landmark judgment which will set the stage for further reforms in environmental governance.

NEW DELHI, 6 JULY: The Supreme Court today allowed French cement giant Lafarge to mine limestone in the forests of the East Khasi hills in Meghalaya.

New Delhi: Lafarge, the French cement giant, has landed in trouble again with green clearances, this time for a project in Himachal Pradesh. The French company intends to set up a 3-millionton-per-annum cement and 2-million-tonner-per-annum clinker plant along with a captive limestone mine of 3 million tonne per annum in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.

New Delhi: Environmental clearances for mining projects will now be more difficult than before. All mining projects and other industries needing more than 40 hectares of forests will have to get a certificate from the forest department ascertaining how much forest will be diverted.

`System akin to paying the piper to call the tune'
T HE system of granting environmental clearances to industrial and other pro jects came under sharp criticism on Friday from the Supreme Court which ob served that the Environment Ministry had been letting private companies pay "a packet" to their favourite experts to assess the environmental impacts of their projects and obtain approvals on thei

Ques tioning the manner in which environmental clearances are granted in the country,the Supreme Court on Friday noted that the environment ministry has for 17longyearsletprivatecompanies pay

THE Meghalaya government on Friday said any no-objection certificate (NoC) to Lafarge for setting up a mega cement plant in the state would be based on merits.

Lafarge India Pvt Ltd, which is planning to set up a cement plant at Nongkhlieh in Jaintia hills, today said the company was fully committed to environment protection and compliance with other statutory regulations.

The statement comes in the wake of recent protests by the people living in the proposed cement plant area, citing health hazards and loss of paddy fields.

According to Lafarge, i

Residents of Shella Village in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya on Tuesday alleged that French cement firm Lafarge