UltraTech gets environmental nod for its plant expansion
For two of its plants in Madhya Pradesh; UltraTech Cement has received environmental clearance. The Environment Ministry's expert panel has given its approval for environment clearance for UltraTech Cement's capacity expansion in clinker plant from 3.59 million tonne per annum (mtpa) to 6.2 mtpa and its cement plant from 4 mtpa to 10.33 mtpa.
The Aditya Birla Group-promoted company also plans to expand its captive power plant from 46 megawatt (mw) to 122 mw. The plants are located in Damodarpura and Khor villages in Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh.
The clearance, however, comes with some tough conditions. The company will have to set aside five per cent of its total project cost of Rs 1,950 crore for enterprise social commitment. It will also have to spend an estimated Rs 110 crore annually for environment protection. 33 per cent of the total plant area of 222.142 hectares has to be developed as green belt and UltraTech officials will be responsible for ensuring adherence to environment guidelines.
The company, additionally, will have to take measures to ensure air and water qualities in the area and minimise water and electricity consumption by using updated technologies. Non-compliance with any of the conditions will result in the Ministry canceling its environment clearance which will lead to plant closure.