CM to flag off cement plant today

Chief minister Raghubar Das will inaugurate the Patratu unit of Burnpur Cement Limited tomorrow, paving the way for production at the 800 tonnes-per-day (TPD) capacity cement plant in Ramgarh district.

By AMIT GUPTA in Ranchi
  • Published 13.07.15
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Raghubar Das

Ranchi, July 12: Chief minister Raghubar Das will inaugurate the Patratu unit of Burnpur Cement Limited tomorrow, paving the way for production at the 800 tonnes-per-day (TPD) capacity cement plant in Ramgarh district.

The cement plant will be the 18th industrial project in Jharkhand to come up after its creation in 2000, a state industries department source told The Telegraph today.

Chief minister Das will do the honours around 10.30am tomorrow, he added.

"The 75-acre plot where the 800 TPD cement plant has come up falls under Ranchi Industrial Area Development Authority (Riada). The company has invested to the tune of Rs 300 crore for the plant, and will provide direct and indirect employment to around 500 people," managing director of the company Ashok Gutgutia said.

The cement plant will operate around 300 days in a year. Hence, its overall annual production will be in the region of 2.4 lakh tonnes.

Company's managing director Gutgutia added they had to overcome many challenges to finally set up the plant in Patratu.

The state government had signed a memorandum of understanding with Burnpur Cement Limited way back in 2006. However, land acquisition and statutory clearances delayed the project.

Though the company had applied for limestone mining lease, they did not receive an allocation. Now, they will have to wait for the auction route under new central norms.

The company will depend on slag, one of the main raw materials for cement manufacturing, from various existing steel plants in the region, including Tata Steel, Bokaro Steel Limited, among others.

Gutgutia claimed that the quality of cement produced would be "excellent".

"The plant will follow the dry clinker-making process, which will save coal and power. The strength of cement will be excellent. We will produce quality products such as Portland Slag Cement (PSC) and Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC)," he claimed.

Both PSC and PPC are high-performance blended cement variants. With high compressive strength, both the high-grade variants are suited for humid weather or "aggressive" conditions in industry parlance.

Plant head T.K. Roy also promised to abide by all environment norms.

"We have set up electrostatic precipitator or ESP to control fine industrial emissions. We will also undertake regular plantation drives in and around the plant and residential areas," Roy said.

The company already has a plant in Asansol, Bengal, which is functioning since 1991. It has a capacity of 1,000 TPD.

"Right now, we have a market share of 3-3.5 per cent in the region (Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar)," said Gutgutia. "With the addition of the Patratu unit, the company plans to increase its market share, catering to its Bengal market from its Asansol plant and Jharkhand-Bihar from its Patratu counterpart," he said.

"As our cement production gets enhanced, we aim to foray aggressively in areas such as construction works as well as infrastructure development projects, including concrete roads, barrages, bridges and canals," Gutgutia added.