India: producers planning units to be asked to use 25% ash

India: producers planning units to be asked to use 25% ash
Published: 16 March 2009

Cement companies, which have signed MoUs with the Orissa government, for setting up of cement units in the state, will be asked to utilise 25 percent of the fly ash generated by them in various forms.

This will be a mandatory condition for them and the Orissa government is likely to take a decision in this regard in next couple of months, said the sources.

Though the state government had set up a mission for effective utilisation of fly ash and blast furnace slag (BFS) in 2006, the achievement in this regard has not been very encouraging in this regard.

As a measure to promote the use of fly ash or BFS, the state government is working on an action plan to encourage the use of fly ash in brick factory, civil construction and cement plants. The action plan seeks to identify the potential fly ash generating industries, create awareness about the utilisation of fly ash and provide technological support to the units.

The state government is also planning to put in place a monitoring mechanism to oversee the promotion of fly ash use in the state in next 2 to 3 months. It intends to promote its use both at the state and the district level. The Industrial Policy Resolution (IPR), 2007 also provides for according priority sector status to the industries utilising 25 percent of the fly ash and BFS generated by it.