A new titanium dioxide (TiO2) project appears to have taken off at Ganjam in Orrisa.
Titanium Products Pvt Ltd (TTPL), a joint venture between Saraf Agencies and a Russian company, plans to produce 40,000 tonnes/year of TiO2, 10,000 tonnes/year of titanium sponge and 108,000 tonnes/year of titanium slag. Completion of the first phase of the project is targeted for 2012-13 and the second phase would be five years thereafter.
TTPL has yet to complete land acquisition. About 250 acres is needed for the first phase and the company has yet to fully acquire this. And 300 acres would be needed second phase and work on acquiring this has started. The company says the project, which is still waiting for environmental clearance, has the support of the local people.
TTPL is lucky. Recently, the Tatas shelved plans for a TiO2 project in Tamil Nadu after public protests against land acquisition.