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Fly Ash produced in thermal power plants can be made useful

The managing director of Karnataka power corporation Ltd G Kumar Naik IAS, stated that Fly Ash produced in thermal power plants which was thought to be a curse and detrimental to environment can be converted into very useful building material and is boon to the development of infrastructure.

The advent of modern technology into the chemistry of cement has changed the scenario in the recent decades and fly ash which is used as admixture in concrete is yielding the best results as building blocks, precast structures etc. He was inaugurating a one day workshop on “Use of Fly Ash adapting modern technology methods” at Shridevi Institute of Engineering And Technology, Tumakuru.

The government stressing on the importance of greener technology gaining momentum in development has formulated various eco friendly norms which are useful for entrepreneurs to develop industries for a stronger nation and he said in this regard – the KPCL is in its open mind to help the industrialists, builders by providing the fly ash free of cost including transportation.

He also stated that – if the engineers’ associations, chamber of commerce and industries and related organizations could come out with suggestions related to the development of industries using fly ash in and around Tumakuru; the KPCL would consider the suggestions and would take decisions benefiting the entrepreneurs. He also wished for a better interaction in this regard from various agencies such as District Industrial Centers, FCCI and Educational Institutions coming forward for carrying out Research and Development for a better future.

The principal of the institute Dr. Gurulingappa M. Patil delivered the keynote address; stressing the importance of use of Fly Ash and its importance in the durability of structures and thereby its positive impact on the economy of nation at large.

Dr. N. Kalidas, Director of Institute of Solid waste Research and Ecological Balance of Visakapatnam has stated that wonders can be created by the use of Fly ash adapting modern technologies such that the strength and durability properties of concrete can be enhanced. He also stated that high performance concrete can be created with a less amount of cement and a good amount of fly ash in proper proportions.

L. Nagaraju, Joint Director, District Industrial Center, Tumakuru has deliberated on various facilities and rules favoring the entrepreneurs from DIC for the development of industries invoived in greener technology and invited the entrepreneurs to make the best use of them.

Ramamurthy N V, President, Engineers’ Association, Tumakuru and A R Sreenath, President TDCCI, Tumakuru shared the dais on the occasion.

Dr. M. R. Yogananda from IISc, Bengaluru, C. Venugopal, ED, RTPS Raichur have conducted technical sessions for the participants.

Kum. Shalini presented the invocation, Dr. G. Shankar Rao, Deputy Director- CEDOK welcomed, Prof. C. Nagaraja Compeered; Smt. Tanuja gave the vote of thanks. A good number of builders, construction and consulting engineers, entrepreneurs, contractors, students and academicians participated in the workshop.

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