Himachal Pradesh government would invite fresh bids for granting mining lease for setting up of a cement plant in Chamba district and the lease will be granted through auction. The Industries Minister Mr. Mukesh Agnihotri confirmed this news today.
Mr. Agnihotri has said in a written reply in the assembly that state had invited applications for the grant of mining lease for setting up of a large cement plant based on limestone deposits in Broh Shind in Churah tehsil, However, this process was put on hold due to amendments in the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act of 1957. As per the new amendments, the grant of mining lease for setting up of a cement plant would be done by way of auction, he said.
Earlier he said, that the government had cancelled a deal with Jaiprakash Industries Associates Limited for setting up a plant with a capacity of two million tons per annum there. The government took the decision as the company had failed to achieve various milestones and so it terminated the memorandum of understanding with it on 26th February 2014. But the government had signed a deal with Jaiprakash Associates in the year 2007.
“The amended Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act also provides that all applications for the lease received before 27th June 2015, would become ineligible and the process to refuse the eight applications has been initiated. Jaiprakash Associates has also challenged the governments decision to cancel its allotment in the state high court and the matter is still pending” as added by Mr Agnihotri.