Hetauda: The state-owned Hetauda Cement Industries Ltd has halted cement production due to a lack of coal, but has announced a tender for coal supply.
The Industry plans to import 10,000 metric tonnes of coal in two phases and is making arrangements to import the necessary coal from India, Indonesia, Bhutan, and Pakistan.
Deputy General Manager, Nabin Karna, expects cement production to resume within a week. The Industry has a daily capacity of 750 tonnes of cement but has been unable to produce at full capacity due to machinery problems and a shortage of human resources. Despite being established in 2033 BS with support from the Asian Development Bank, the Industry has been incurring losses for the past four years.