~ Local community reaffirms their faith in Kapilas Cement Manufacturing Works (KCMW) and stand in favour of industrial development ~
~ Successful public hearing makes way for pollution clearance for new plant of 2.5 million tonne per annum capacity~
~ KCMW, known for its sustainable developmental efforts in the area, is slated to generate further direct and indirect employment and open ancillary livelihood opportunities in Cuttack district ~
Tangi-Choudwar: The Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd.(DCBL) 2.5 million tonne per annum(mtpa) Kapilas Cement Manufacturing Works cement plant has received the consent of the local people at a public hearing, held here at Suniapada football ground on Wednesday. In order to assess impact on environment, Odisha State Pollution Control Board(OSPCB) had summoned the Public Hearing today; where more than 2000 people participated and majority of the populace voted in favour of the proposed new plant.
This public consent will help the company receive environmental clearance to set up the new plant. With the new plant coming up DCBL’s total capacity at KCMW will go up to 4.2 mtpa from existing 1.7 MTPA.
The Public Hearing was conducted in the presence of the additional district magistrate, Cuttack, Harish Chandra Nayak and OSPCB regional officer Sohan Giri. The masses expressed confidence in the fact that DCBL will comply with all measures and monitoring mechanism as prescribed by the Pollution Control Board and that the new plant will help further development of the area by creating new direct and indirect employment opportunities and broadening socio-economic developments initiatives of the Company’s CSR department.
Elaborating on the topic KCMW deputy executive director Manoranjan Sahoo said, “We at DCBL would like to thank the local population of Cuttack for their unhindered support towards the proposed cement plant. We believe this confidence has bestowed further zeal in us to work cohesively with the community for their future development. Over the years, through our initiatives, we have tried to provide a sustainable living for the local community and we will continue to work together in the years to come”.
Executive director (manufacturing east) DCBL Sunil Gupta said, “We thank everyone for supporting the new plant at KCMW. This positive support by the local people allows us to continue our growth trajectory within the industry and also reiterate our commitment to the State of Odisha. The people of the area will witness a much brighter future and further development work in the periphery post this expansion”.
KCMW had started their production in the year of 2008. Since KCMW’s inception, life for the local community consisting of over 41,000 people have benefited across 52 villages in the region socio economically.
The huge investment is set to open the gates of increased productivity, a promise of employment and an overall socio-economic development for years to come. DCBL through KCMW regularly engages with the public through initiatives in the fields of healthcare, skill employment, and community development, involving nature preservation practices. In terms of nature preservation KCMW works as an environment crusader in the region. It has created a green patch over 115 acres of land by planting 1.3 Lac trees. Avenue plantation and Block Plantation undertaken in periphery by planting 31,484 trees. KCMW was actively involved in setting up Organic Gardening, distributing 95,497 plants in periphery villages resulted in successful increase of green cover in the region and adopting environment friendly habits by the people.