Con­struc­tion chem­i­cals industry as en­abler for smart ci­ties

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Sur­jit Ku­mar Chaud­hary, Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of Chem­i­cals & Petro­chem­i­cals, has called upon the con­struc­tion chem­i­cal industry to mar­ket its prod­ucts and work as an or­gan­ised sec­tor. He added that the gov­ern­ment would act as a fa­cil­i­ta­tor but the industry had to pro­mote it­self to change peo­ple's per­cep­tion. The industry be­ing dis­in­te­grated, he said, was not be­ing pro­moted ap­pro­pri­ately.

While de­liv­er­ing the in­au­gu­ral ad­dress at the sixth na­tional con­fer­ence on Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals 2015 on the theme 'Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals Industry as En­abler for Smart Ci­ties' or­gan­ised by FICCI in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cals and Petro­chem­i­cals, Min­istry of Chem­i­cals & Fer­til­iz­ers, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, in New Delhi on May 8, 2015, Chaud­hary pointed out that the big­gest chal­lenge for the industry was en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance and as­sured that his depart­ment was work­ing re­lent­lessly with the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment to re­solve the is­sue keep­ing a bal­anced ap­proach.

He said that the do­mes­tic industry was un­able to keep pace with the de­mand, hence twothirds of the con­struc­tion chem­i­cals was be­ing im­ported. Chaud­hary urged the industry to turn this chal­lenge into an op­por­tu­nity and sug­gested that the gap should be bridged by lo­cal con­struc­tion chem­i­cals man­u­fac­tur­ers. Mean­while, he added that the gov­ern­ment was ad­dress­ing the is­sue of FTAs and in­verted duty struc­ture.

Quot­ing the ex­am­ple of dis­cour­ag­ing use of plas­tics, Chaud­hary said that plas­tic was an in­te­gral part of all our ac­tiv­i­ties. The in­ap­pro­pri­ate dis­posal of plas­tic was the main cause of con­cern, hence if use and dis­posal of plas­tic was rightly pro­moted then it could be­come a game changer for In­dia's growth story. He added that the right use of plas­tic in agri­cul­ture could en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity sig­nif­i­cantly.

On the oc­ca­sion, Chaud­hary re­leased a 'Knowl­edge & Strat­egy Pa­per on Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals'.

Mukesh Mal­ho­tra, Co-chair­man, FICCI Chem­i­cal Com­mit­tee and Coun­try Man­ager, Solvay, said industry felt that FTAs were hav­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on busi­ness, and cre­ated an 'in­verted duty struc­ture' mak­ing it cheaper to im­port a fin­ished prod­uct rather than manufacturing or as­sem­bling it in In­dia. Hence the gov­ern­ment needs to fo­cus on th­ese is­sues to en­cour­age do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion for en­abling cre­ation of smart ci­ties.

While mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion on 'Young en­trepreneur­ship per­spec­tive on con­struc­tion chem­i­cals', Dr. Gopal Rai, CEO, R&M In­ter­na­tional Pvt. Ltd., said that the key to suc­cess for this sec­tor was R&D, prac­ti­cal on site demon­stra­tion, ac­cess to global ex­perts, de­struc­tion demon­stra­tion live test and pub­li­ca­tion of suc­cess sto­ries in form of case stud­ies. He added that cur­ricu­lum should treat con­struc­tion chem­i­cals as a spe­cialised en­gi­neer­ing and use of con­struc­tion chem­i­cals should be en­cour­aged as it could be im­ple­mented speed­ily.

In his pre­sen­ta­tion, Dr. Suren­dra Man­jrekar, Chair­man & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Su­nanda Spe­cialty Coat­ings Pvt. Ltd., said that a task force of ex­perts should be con­sti­tuted to chart the road map for cre­at­ing 100 smart ci­ties in the coun­try. He added that smart con­struc­tion chem­i­cals could well as­sist in en­abling smart ci­ties as the sec­tor of­fered sus­tain­able and durable prod­ucts.

In his vote of thanks, Dr. S Har­i­ha­ran, CEO, So­laris Chemtech Ltd., said that with the rapid ur­ban­i­sa­tion tak­ing place in the coun­try, the con­struc­tion chem­i­cals industry was ex­pected to grow at a CAGR of 20 per cent. Hence, it was nec­es­sary for industry to work in tan­dem to reap the ben­e­fits of this growth.

Sur­jit Ku­mar Chaud­hary, Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of Chem­i­cals & Petro­chem­i­cals (cen­tre), re­leas­ing 'Knowl­edge & Strat­egy Pa­per on Con­struc­tion Chem­i­cals'.

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