French multinational Lafarge has received environment clearance for raising production capacity of its Nongtrai limestone mine in Meghalaya to 5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) from 2 MTPA, at a cost of Rs 194 crore.
Nongtrai limestone mine is operated by Lafarge Umiam Mining Pvt Ltd (LUMPL), a 100 per cent subsidiary of Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd (LSC), Bangladesh. The limestone from the mine is supplied to a cross-border cement manufacturing plant of LSC in Bangladesh. The mine was set up as per an agreement between India and Bangladesh in November 2000. “Based on the recommendations of the Expert Appraisal Committee, the Environment Ministry has given environment clearance to LUMPL’s expansion project of its limestone mine in Meghalaya,” a senior government official said.