CHENNAI: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday inaugurated new factories of the Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited and a couple co-generation plants in cooperative sugar mills established at a total cost of Rs.1,865 crore. She also laid the foundation for TICEL Bio-technology park III to be established in Coimbatore district, ethanol factories in sugar mills and reverse osmosis plants in two sugar mills, all at a total cost of Rs.1,031.15 crore.
The new factory to manufacture Multi-layer Double Coated Board (MDCB) set up at Mondipatti in Tiruchy district was set up a cost of Rs.1,650 crore. This factory uses the most advanced technology in the country and has the highest production capacity to manufacture two lakh tonnes of MDCB. This would provide direct and indirect employment to 2,000 persons.
With this, the total production capacity of TNPL would go up from four lakh tonnes to six lakh tonnes. Also, with the commissioning of this plant, the TNPL would be in third place at national level in overall production capacity.
The Chief Minister also started planting of saplings of 68 different trees in the TNPL complex at Mondipatti. She has handed over a sapling to be planted to Industries Minister P Thangamani. In all, it has been planned to plant 6,80,000 saplings. Effluent from this factory would be recycled and used through drip irrigation to grow these saplings. Through this effort, green cover in this area would be increased.
Jayalalithaa also inaugurated a centre to manufacture value added products like notebooks, boxes etc., from MDCB at Mayanur in Karur district, established at a cost of Rs 30 crore. This would provide direct and indirect employment to 500 persons.
She also commissioned the cement factory of the TNPL at Kakithapuram in Karur district, upgraded at a cost of Rs 50 crore. It’s manufacturing capacity has been enhanced from 600 metric tonnes per day to 900 metric tonnes. TNPL is the first company to set up such cement factory using waste lime and fly ash generated at its power plant. A 18 mw co-generation power plant established at a cost of Rs 135.20 crore at Chengalvarayan Cooperative Sugar mills in Periyasevalai village in Villupuram district was also commissioned by the Chief Minister.
Jayalalithaa also laid foundation for the following: Salt purification factory to be set up at a cost of Rs 5.65 crore at Vaalinokkam to produce 40,000 tonnes of iodised salt per year, TICEL bio-technology Park III to be established at a cost of Rs 55 crore at Somaiyampalayam village in Coimbatore district, ethanol factories to be set up at Subramaniya Shiva Cooperative sugar mill at Alapuram in Dharmapuri district and Kallakurichi II Cooperative Sugar mill at Kachirayapalayam in Villupuram district, reverse osmosis effluent treatment plant to be established at a cost of Rs 17 crore at Amaravathi Cooperative sugar mill in Tirupur district and at Salem Cooperative sugar mill at Mohanur in Namakkal district.