The company received the Terms of Reference (ToR) from the union environment ministry in March this year and a public hearing for the project was called by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) also in March.
India: The Ministry of Finance Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) says that its Income Tax department has detected US$95m-worth of tax evasion by Chettinad Cement and Anjani Portland Cement owner Chettinad Group. The Deccan Herald newspaper has reported that following raids on its offices the tax department found evidence of inflated expenditure, unaccounted receipts and complex financial arrangements including bogus liabilities in order to reduce capital gains. The investigation continues.
India: Tax authorities have raided 10 offices of Chettinad Cement and its subsidiaries in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The Times of India newspaper has reported that the officers are investigating allegations of tax evasion.
India: Chettinad Cements Karikkali plant in Tamil Nadu has been issued a show cause notice by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for exceeding particulate matter emissions by more than three times the limit. An inspection following Online Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (OCEMS) data found emissions of 91.2mg/Nm3, according to the New Indian Express. The limit is 30mg/Nm3. The CPCB also found discrepancies with the OCEMS data due to poor instrument calibration.
India: Residents of Jakhapura mouza, Jaipur district in Odisha have opposed plans by Chettinad Cement to build a 2Mt/yr grinding plant at the Kalinga Nagar Industrial Complex. Local citizens voiced their opposition to the project at a public meeting on environmental grounds, according to the New Indian Express newspaper. The proposed plant has a budget of US$36m.
India: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has penalised four cement producers in Tamil Nadu for failing to follow emission standards. Chettinad Cements plants at Puliyur and Karikkali, Tamil Nadu Cements plant at Alangulam, Dalmia Cements plant at Salmiapuram and ACCs plant at Coimbatore have been accused by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change for not complying with emission standards for particulate matter, SOx and NOx, according to the New Indian Express newspaper. ACC and Dalmia Cements have been fined around US$420/day since 31 August 2018, Chettinad Cement has been fined around US$5000 for a 12 day delay in compliance and Tamil Nadu Cements has been fined over US$23,000 for a delay of 55 days.
India: The Madras High Court has pulled up Chettinad Cement Corportation (Chettinad) for encroaching upon public land to construct railway track to its factory at Ariyalur. It has ordered a probe by an IAS officer. Justice SM Subramaniam also ordered a probe into the role of government officials, who may have colluded with the factory management to squat on government land without permission.
The court passed the order while dismissing a plea moved by Chettiand against the action of the sub-collector against the encroachment. The court further directed the district administration to evict all such encroachments made by the company on the land and water bodies within two weeks.
India: Chettinad Cement has received approval from the Odisha State-level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) for an investment proposal to build a 2Mt/yr cement grinding plant at the Kalinga Nagar Industrial Complex in Jajpur district. The project is budgeted at US$36m, according to the Press Trust of India.
India: The state investment promotion board of Andhra Pradesh has approved proposals by Chettinad Cement and KCP to build cement plants in the state. Chettinad Cement plans to spend US$210m towards building a grinding plant in Vizag and a plant in Guntur, according to the Economic Times newspaper. These projects are scheduled to start production in March 2019. KCP has allocated US$83m towards its project in Krishna with the first phase of operations due to start in mid-2018. However, media commentators have noted that the south of India is facing cement production over capacity.
India: Anjani Portland Cement has commissioned a 16MW coal powered captive power plant at its cement plant in Anjani Puram. The cement producer operates a 1.3Mt/yr plant and is a subsidiary of Chettinad Cement.
India: Six foreign and domestic cement companies, along with one private equity firm, have expressed interest in buying the assets that Lafarge is divesting in India before it closes its merger with Holcim. The bids were in excess of US$627m.
The deadline for submitting non-binding bids for the assets expired on 16 May 2015. Ahead of that deadline, local media reported that bids came from Shree Cement, Chettinad Cement, HeidelbergCement India, The Ramco Cements, CRH and Blackstone Group.
As a precondition to clearing Indian leg of the LafargeHolcim, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) directed Lafarge to sell two of its assets in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.These are a cement plant at Sonadih, Chhattisgarh and a grinding plant at Jojobera, Jharkhand, with a total capacity of approximately 5Mt/yr. In its directions, the CCI said that Lafarge should sell its assets 'to relatively smaller players, having an installed capacity of less than 5% of their total capacity in the relevant geographic market.'