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Ramesh petitioned against Lafarge plant in Meghalaya

 Shillong, Nov 16 (PTI): The proposed cement plant in Meghalaya by Lafarge is a threat to its numerous cave systems and wildlife, a cave research body has claimed in a petition to Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh opposing green clearance to the project.

"The Jaintia Hills district (where the plant is proposed) is internationally referred to as Mecca for the cavers of the world. Several caving systems existing in this particular location have been listed in the world map of longest and deepest caves. Proper protection of these subterranean caves must be our national regard," National Cave Research and Protection Organisation said in the petition yesterday.

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