The Odisha government has sanctioned investment proposals worth over Rs 1,851 crore in metal and cement sectors. This is likely to generate employment opportunities for 1,624 people. The projects got approved at a State Level Single Window Clearance Authority meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A K Tripathy on 9 October 2020. SLSWCA gave in-principle approval to five planned projects. This includes a two million tpa pellet and grinding plant by Narbheram Power and Steel and expansion of a facility by Viraj Steel and Energy. The pellet and grinding unit will be set up at Joda in Keonjhar district at an estimated investment of Rs 350 crore, while the capacity of the integrated steel factory in Gurupali of Sambalpur district will be expanded from 0.1 million tpa to 0.3 million tpa at an investment of Rs 261 crore. BR Sponge and Power also got approval for the expansion of its plant in Tumkela, Sundergarh. In cement sector, Nu Vista got go-ahead for expanding capacity of its grinding unit from 1.5 million tpa to two million tpa in Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur district at an estimated investment of Rs 598.62 crore. SLSWCA also approved the proposal of OCL India to set up 2.5 million tpa cement grinding unit at Biswali in Cuttack at an investment of Rs 441.43 crore.Ambuja Cements is planning to expand production capacity at its Ropar plant in Punjab with an investment of Rs 310 crore over the next two years.

The company will expand cement grinding unit by 1.5 million tpa to 4.5 million tpa at Ropar by June 2023.

The expansion will help the company maintain its share and competitiveness in the Northern markets in India. The Ropar brownfield expansion is part of the company’s strategy to increase its total cement capacity to 50 million tpa in mid-term.

The upcoming unit will have modern technology with vertical roller mill for cement grinding and produce fly ash-based cement.

The fresh investment has been made in anticipation of a growing demand for cement triggered by the steady growth in India’s urbanisation leading to more investment in public infrastructure and housing.

Ambuja Cement will commission fresh clinker capacity of three million tpa at Marwar, Rajasthan and increase cement sales by five million tpa. The greenfield integrated plant is being set up with a total investment of Rs 2,350 crore.

Ambuja Cement and its subsidiary ACC have come together to create more shareholder value and have a strong presence in India with strategically located plants. Its integrated plants and grinding units are present in more than 11 states covering more than 32 districts across India.

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