In its proposal, UltraTech Cement announced it aims to mine limestone in a lease area of 632 hectare with production capacity of 2.07 million tonne per annum (TPA) with the life of the mine being 32 years. According to a survey report, the total mineral reserves in the area are estimated 63.58 million tonne.
The company also informed that it will carry the mining operations by non-conventional opencast mechanised method without any drilling and blasting. A surface miner will be used to mining and the limestone will be transported to the proposed cement plant located at Bhavnagar district and existing cement plants located in Amereli district via existing roads, it added.
According to the ministry, the company will, however, need to comply by the norms of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition or the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, which ever is higher while rehabilitating the 140 odd families in the area.
The company has also been asked to help the project affected farmers for purchase of alternate agriculture land at a lower cost in and around nearby villages for livelihood.