Bulk cement prices up in western India

Bulk cement prices up in western India
Published: 03 March 2008

Bulk cement prices have gone up by INR4-7/50kg bag in western India with effect from March 1, a trade official said on Monday.  
 
However, retail prices have not been raised, said Sanjay Ladiwala, president, Cement Stockists and Dealers’ Association of Mumbai. 
 
The revision is mainly to factor in the impact of excise duty changes made in the budget last week, he said.  
 
Last week, Finance Minsiter Palaniappan Chidambaram had proposed an excise duty of INR400/t or 14 per cent ad-valorem duty, whichever is higher, on bulk cement in order to bring it at par with packaged cement.