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J.P. Cement gets ready to expand its Shahabad plant

Special Correspondent


Entrepreneurs meet department officials

in Gulbarga to get the go-head for projects

‘After GIM, nine more proposals worth

Rs. 7,095.56 crore awaiting clearance'


GULBARGA: Pune-based J.P. Cement Corporation Ltd. has taken up massive expansion and upgrading of its plant at the industrial township of Shahabad in Chitapur taluk here.

The plans include a switch from wet-process technology to dry-process technology and an increase in the production capacity from 0.50 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to 6 MTPA with a 70 MW captive power plant.

J.P. Cement Corporation was one among the 18 investors to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Government in the last Global Investors Meet (GIM) in Bangalore. Officials present

Apart from the senior officials of Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB), industries and other departments, Chairman of Hyderabad Karnataka Area Development Board (HKADB) Amarnath Patil, HKADB Secretary Shalini Rajneesh Goel, and Deputy Commissioner K. Vishal were among those present to provide required information to investors and help them get necessary clearances from line departments.

The officials of J.P. Cements informed the meeting that they had already placed orders for the machinery to convert the technology into dry processing, and were awaiting the renewal of mining licence.

The company was investing Rs. 3,800 crore towards expansion activities.

Rajashree Cements, had inked the MoU for expanding the capacity of the plant at Malkhed in Sedam taluk from 4.20 MTPA to 8.45 MTPA and increase the captive generation of power to 185.5 MW. The company will invest Rs. 3,000 crore for these activities.

Thermal plant

Mumbai-based Lafarge India Private Ltd. is setting up a 3 MTPA cement plant and a 43 MW thermal plant at Ravood in Chitapur taluk. The company had already obtained mining lease and clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests and was in the process of acquiring land.

In the meeting, it was disclosed that NSL Sugars, which runs Aland Cooperative Sugar Factory in Bhusnoor of Aland taluk, would invest Rs. 346.58 crore for installing cogeneration of power and a distillery plant. The proposal is pending before the Sugar Ministry for administrative approval.

Chettinadu Cements would invest Rs. 660 crore to establish a cement and thermal power plant. The company had already acquired 1,400 acres and obtained a mining lease for 1,045 acres while the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has given its clearance.

Clearances soon

Deputy Commissioner Mr. Vishal said the hurdles faced by the investors in getting clearances would be tackled immediately.

Ms. Goel said, after the GIM at least nine proposals with a promised investment of Rs. 7,095.56 crore for new industries in the district have come, clearances for which would be given at the earliest.

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