India: new lease of life for Hundung cement plant

India: new lease of life for Hundung cement plant
Published: 19 October 2011

The previously closed public sector enterprise Hundung Cement Factory will soon receive a new lease of life, as the State Government has agreed to lease it out to a private firm.

A high-ranking official of Commerce and Industries Department informed The Sangai Express that Super Ores Factory, which is a partner of the Satyam Group of Industries, based in Assam, was given permission by the state government to re-establish the Hundung Cement Factory and operate it themselves.

Along with licensing the private company to re-establish the factory, the state government has asked the private company to furnish its mining plan for leasing out the mining plant together with the defunct factory. The factory would be re-established at Hundung itself, conveyed the official.

Commerce and Industries Department has already consulted with Power Department to provide adequate power necessary for re-establishing and running the cement factory.

The private company which would re-establish Hundung Cement Factory is the same company currently running a rolling steel mill for scrap metals at  Taphou in Senapati district.

It is reported that the company has set a target of manufacturing 1500tpd of cement, which is three times higher than its earlier target of 500tpd.

Hundung, Phungyar and Meiring in Ukhrul have around 20Mt of limestone deposits. However, limestone available in Ukhrul is being used by the Border Roads Organisation in repairing/developing Imphal-Ukhrul road, while some of the deposits have been already converted into quarrying sites.