Andhra Pradesh to witness significant rise in cement production
Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh is all set to significantly increase the cement production by over 42 lakh tonne as two new factories, the KCP and the JP Industries, are expected to start commercial production in 2-3 months. These two new plants are coming up in addition to the existing three factories - Hemadri Cements, Ramco (Madras) and Nagarjuna Construction Ltd, in the Krishna district. The Rs 350-crore KCP plant is likely to be inaugurated in a month's time with an installed capacity of nearly 12 lakh tonne per annum. The factory is coming up at Muktyala near Jaggaiahpet with a potential to generate employment for over 2,000 persons. These new factories are being set up in the district to exploit the huge limestone deposits present in Jayanthipuram in Jaggaiahpet Mandal. The Pune-based JP Cement Corporation is likely to start the commercial production in the next couple of months with a very high capacity of 30 lakh tonne per annum and the project cost had been put at nearly Rs 1,600 crore. The JP Cements factory is coming up with a huge plant at Budawada in the vicinity of Jaggaiahpet to boost the cement production in the district on a large scale. Among the existing cement plants, the Ramco (Madras) Cements has an installed capacity of 36 lakh tonne followed by the NCL factory, which has a capacity of 2.95 lakh tonne. The Hemadri Cements plant in the district has a capacity of 1.93 lakh tonne. The combined total capacity of existing plants comes to around 41 lakh tonne. It means that the capacity will nearly double with the advent of new cement factories in the district.