29 August, Srinagar: The sulphur level of the petcoke supplied by Indian Oil and other domestic manufacturers is presently posing a serious problem for the cement industry in Kashmir. While Jammu and Kashmir’s oil policy allows for a sulphur concentration of 5%, the current petcoke generated and supplied includes 7% sulphur, raising serious concerns for the area’s cement manufacturers.
In a recent development, the Himachal Pradesh government modified the utilisation of petcoke’s sulphur level, allowing a 7% sulphur content for cement businesses inside their jurisdiction, according to a statement sent to WKNN. The PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry brought this problem to the attention of the relevant authorities, however the Jammu and Kashmir government has not yet made a decision.
Kashmir’s infrastructure is heavily dependent on the cement industry, and any delays or disruptions in the manufacturing process might have a significant impact on the region’s overall development. In order to assure continuous operations and regulatory compliance, the industry now urgently needs the government to make a clear decision that is in line with the acceptable 7% sulphur level as approved by the Himachal Pradesh government.
Together with members from the cement sector, the PHD Chamber of Commerce & sector makes a sincere plea to the government to hasten decision-making and swiftly address this urgent problem. The government must immediately take action to help the cement sector in Kashmir and properly evaluate the long-term effects of this predicament.