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Industrial Policy Change Helps

Industrial Policy Change Helps Hansavivek DHARAMSI MORARJI CHEMICAL has planned capital expenditure of Rs 6.35 crore on several projects which include conversion of the second sulphuric acid plant to the double catalysis double absorption system at Kumhari, expansion of single superphosphate and sulphuric acid capacities at Ambarnath, installation of a pilot plant for manufacture of phosphoric acid from low grade phosphate rock at Ambarnath, manufacture of methyl ester of benzene sulphonic acid, production of alpha and beta naphthol, expansion of capacities of sulfamic acid and ammonium sulfamate plants and installation of a plant for manufacture of thionyl chloride. These projects have been formulated to take advantage of two notifications issued by the Central government pursuant to liberalisation of the industrial licensing policy. The first one pertains to regularisation of excess capacity in the case of core sector indus tries in which organic and inorganic Heavy chemicals and phosphatic fertilisers are included. The second refers to an automatic increase in approved capacities at the rate of 5 per cent per annum limited to 25 per cent over a period of 5 years, that is, upto August 14, 1985, without going through the process of obtaining expansion licences under the Industries (Development and Regulations) Act, 1951. A further liberalisation in this direction was the announcement that the entire 25 per cent increase in capacity can be installed in the first year itself. According to the chairman, R M Goculdas, some of these projects are expected to be completed by the end of 1981 and contribute to higher turnover and profitability in subsequent years. Increased production of sulfamic acid and ammonium sulfamate will enable the company to step up its exports. With the proposed expansion of ca- pacity, production and sale of these products will be doubled. The company has undertaken extensive research and development work for utilising indigenously available low grade phosphate rocks for manufacture of phosphoric acid by a new process developed in its laboratories. It intends to set up this year a pilot plant with a capacity of 25 tonnes P2O5 per day at the Ambarnath works. Phosphoric acid production from the pilot plant will be used for manufacture of triple superphosphate. The company has contracted for supplies of substantial quantities of methyl ester of benzene sulphonic acid which will be produced at Roha. The company is required to register itself under MRTP Act and is taking steps to seek registration. The company proposes to set up a plant in Sri Lanka for manufacture of sulphuric acid and alumina sulphate in collaboration with a local party in that country. Effective steps for implementing the project will be taken after obtaining necessary approvals from appropriate authorities.

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