Indian Cement industry capacity is slated at 366 million tonnes and the second largest producer of cement in the world following China. It is expected to reach 550 million tonnes by the year 2020. Infrastructure spending for smart cities and other highways will raise the cement demand, though the housing sector forms 67% of cement demand in India. Infrastructure forms around 13% demand, the commercial construction 11% and industry segment 9%. The industry is expected to add 56 million tonnes over the next 3 years to raise the capacity to 500+ mill
Fly Ash, one of the low cost substitute used in cement manufacturing used to be purchased from thermal power plants. Now, the state government of Maharashtra is now planning to give away the material for free. The state owned power generation company Mahagenco will now work out to provide the material to industries within 100km of its power plant. The state fly ash utilisation policy aims to use 100 per cent of fly ash generated from thermal and biogas plants in construction activities.