The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet accorded its approval to issue ‘Letter of Intent’ for grant of mining lease over area measuring 108 hectares for setting up of white cement plant at Noradhar in district Sirmaur in favour of M/s FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Ltd. (A Government of India undertaking), Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

The Nohradhar white cement plant will be the state’s first such venture and second such plant in the country. The mining wing of the Industries Department has identified usable reserves of white limestone of as much as 3.87 million ton in 1983, and will give a major push to employment in the area. Plant is expected to generate over 1000 direct and indirect employment opportunity and would manufacture 1,000 tonne of cement per day.

Land acquisition would be undertaken as per the prevailing norms and the modern technology, which would minimize the impact of pollution, would be used.

Although, much delayed cement plant got cabinet nod after many years from battling with red-tape, but still it seems of taking more time to set up as land acquisition could prove little cumbersome as local residents of Nohradhar area have objected the plant.

Claiming of adverse impact on the Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary, local residents also fearing of adverse ecological impact in the region.

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