The Cement Corporation of India (CCIL) is to double capacity of its Bokajan factory due to expected increases in demand in the northeast, together with a view to explore regional export markets.
A study by the National Council of Applied Economic Research shows that demand in Assam was likely to rise to 3.05Mt by 2010-11. The report projected an additional increase of 0.45Mt if the region’s economic growth rate was eight per cent.
The environmental impact assessment report for the Bokajan factory capacity upgrade has already been submitted to the Pollution Control Board of Assam and the ground is set for a public hearing. The project aims to increase production from 6000tpd to 1200tpd.
The impact assessment report said the proposed production hike would cater to the deficit in northeastern states like Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram and also give a boost to exports to neighbouring countries like Bangladesh. "Hence, the proposed project holds immense significance in meeting the existing shortfall in the Northeast cement market," the report added.
"Trend analysis shows that there has been a tremendous shortfall in cement production, compared to the increasingly high demand in the sector, thereby resulting in a demand and supply gap," the report said, adding that the shortfall is currently being met by importing cement from other states of the country.
The Bokajan factory, located in Karbi Anglong district, was commissioned in 1978 with two production lines, both of which are still operating.