The reason to oppose Star Cement’s proposed mining expansion lease is that it poses a threat to local environment, animals & people, says Khasi Students’ Union
Shillong: Opposing the proposed expansion of mining lease by Star Cement, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Narpuh Circle, in Meghalaya has once again come out to object the scheduled public hearing to be held on January 30.
The KSU on Thursday wrote to Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) to apprise them of the situation that if an attempt would be made to conduct the public hearing it would be met with strong objection from the Union.
Addressing the media, KSU, Narpuh Circle, president KS Suchiang said that the reason to object this expansion is that it would pose a threat to Lukha River, Narpuh Wildlife Sanctuary, turn forest lands to wasteland in the region, threaten animals, human beings and herbal medicine plant.
The union also objects the expansion saying that the cement plan does not have effluent treatment plant to treat the waste that is being discharged from the cement plant and the limestone quarry.
The expansion of mining lease which is to take place at Brichyrnot village has made it to the headlines several times. However, the villagers of Brichyrnot village has given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the proposal, because with this expansion it would create job opportunities for the people.
This came to light when EastMojo visited the area when the second attempt to organise a public hearing was held on October 19 last year which was objected by local NGOs under the umbrella of 6-Shnong Wah Lukha Association.
This has not been the first time that a public hearing has been organised by Star Cement; this, in fact, would be the third attempt to organise a public hearing.