The Associated Cement Companies Limited Birds Eye View Of Gagal Cement Works Gagal Cement Works ACC Gagal Cement Works (GCW) is part of Indias largest ce- pathological laboratory and two full- ment company, ACC - The Associated Cement Companies Lim- time doctors cater to the medical needs of employees as well as people of ited. It is located in Bilaspur district near Barmana, a backward nearby surroundings. From time to designated area, 18 kilometres north of Bilaspur. National High- time medical camps and health drives way NH 21 connecting Ambala and Manali passes through ACC are organised in adjoining villages with Gagal and its colony. mobile hospitals and regular GCW was commissioned on 12th March, 1984 with an installed participation in various National Health capacity of 5.6 Lakh tonnes per annum of cement. Since then it Programmes like eye camps, family planning camp, blood donation camp has been modernized and expanded by the addition of a new plant and immunisation camp. ACC Gagal raising the total capacity to 27 Lakh tonnes of cement per an- promotes health care seminars such num. ACC Gagal manufactures ACC Suraksha, a premium vari- as on AIDS. ety of Blended Cement which is very popular with customers and is the largest selling brand of cement in North India. Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility ACC Gagal is a model citizen of Human Resources Employee welfare Himachal Pradesh and Bilaspur district GCW has generated significant em- Adequate care is taken to provide in particular. The annual contribution to ployment opportunities in the district of amenities and facilities for the welfare the central government & HP state Bilaspur and the state of Himachal of the employees and those living in its govt. by way of taxes, duties, cess and Pradesh. Around 800 persons are di- township. The large colony is made up other levies is of the order of Rs. 200 rectly employed while Indirect employ- of 440 houses set amidst picturesque crores, of which as much as Rs. 100 ment is offered to nearly 20,000 people surroundings. A water treatment plant crores goes to the state of Himachal including those engaged in ancillary ensures the supply of clean drinking Pradesh. ACC Gagal is fully committed units, repair shops and transportation water. The colony boasts of an English to extending educational and medical activities. ACC Gagal is proud of its medium DAV Higher Secondary school facilities to improve the quality of life of most dedicated work force which is where admission is open not just to the local populace around the areas of drawn mainly from Himachal Pradesh employees children but others in the its operations and contributes signifi- and adjoining areas. This seemingly di- vicinity. Other amenities include a cantly to the development of villages lo- verse work force has been unified into canteen, Bank, Post Office, Co- cated in close vicinity by way of provid- a well-knit, well-trained and cohesive operative Store, Sports club with ing health care, education, family wel- team. Their industriousness and com- recreational facilities. fare, development of roads and other mitment make ACC Gagal an efficient A well equipped Hospital with 14 basic civic amenities, besides offering and progressive organization. beds, X-ray machine, ECG & opportunities for self-employment View of Rootzone Biotech Plants Mango Orchard At Reclaimed Mines ACC a profile The Associated Cement Companies Limited or ACC as it is facilities which serve as a focal reference laboratory render- popularly called, was formed in 1936, when ten existing ce- ing valuable assistance to ACCs own cement business and ment companies came together in a historic merger. Today, the cement industry in maintaining consistent product quality, ACC is the largest cement producer in the country, with an improvements in process and quality control and for specific installed capacity of 16.1 million tonnes per annum, and turn- assignments relating to testing or trouble-shooting. Many of over of more than Rs 3500 crores. Its operations are spread ACCs refractory and special products are born out of this throughout the country with 14 cement factories, three re- research. fractory plants, 12 regional marketing offices, and several area ACC manufactures Portland cements for general construc- offices. ACC takes pride in having a network of more than tion such as Ordinary Portland Cement and Blended cements 8,000 dealers. including fly ash and slag based cements. It also offers other ACC is the only cement producer in India with a Research cements for special applications such as sulphate-resisting and Development center of its own. The sprawling Research and oil well cements as well as certain concrete repair and and Consultancy Directorate (RCD) complex at Thane near grouting materials. ACC has pioneered the distribution of Mumbai has the most modern testing and instrumentation cement in Bulk and Ready Mixed concrete. ACC Gagal is closely involved in inducted the use of View of Sutluj Udyan fostering self-reliance and self-help to pollution control enrich the quality of life of the local equipment, and people and undertakes a wide range high efficiency so- of activities to improve the living phisticated electro- conditions of people in rural areas from static precipitators income-generation projects. In addition for cement kilns, to this the company has helped raw mills, coal construction of an open-air Auditorium mills, power plants in village Panjgain, a public park at and coolers. Rohru, a Janjghar in village Panjgain ACCs Gagal and numerous pathways in the villages Cement Works is of Jamthal, Panjgain, Kunanu, Baloh, an ISO 14001 cer- Dhawan Kothi, Bhaterh, Khaterh, tified plant and fully committed to con- forestation, top soil management, Nalag and Dehar. tinual improvement in Environmental noise abatement and vibration analy- In a bid to promote and preserve Performance. GCW has a fully func- sis, general aesthetic beauty, and over- the rich cultural heritage of the local tional Environmental Management Cell all performance. In addition a great region, ACC Gagal renders financial having experienced Environmental En- deal of attention is devoted to other assistance to help conduct the annual gineers, Horticulturist and Chemists. visible measures such as soil man- State Nalwari Fair at Bilaspur, the The company pays special empha- agement, tree plantation, usage of International Dussehra Festival at Kullu sis to environment protection, environ- waste products, rehabilitating waste every year and the for Summer Festival ment improvement, process technol- lands and mines and water manage- at Shimla. ogy and rural development. The Com- ment. pany has also embarked upon tack- Extensive afforestation has been ACC Gagal and its environment ling the global issues for overall sus- done since the inception of the factory ACC is, perhaps, one of the first com- tainable growth of cement industry. and mines. Of the 265 Hectares of panies to include commitment to en- These measures include reduction of mining area, only one fourth is the vironmental protection as one of its energy consumption, reduction of fuel active mining zone. The remaining corporate objectives. In 1966, long be- consumption, reduction of greenhouse area has been converted to a green fore pollution control norms and regu- gas emissions, control of dust emis- belt. More than 10.5 Lakhs of trees latory acts came into existence, ACC sions and water conservation by stor- have been planted so far of various ing and using rain local species which include Mango, Greenery around down hill conveyor water. Kher, Acacia and Babool. The ACC Gagal has abandoned mine area of 1.05 Hectares won several prizes has been reclaimed and converted to and certificates of a Mango Orchard. merit for the best Other notable environment friendly environmental initiatives visible at Gagal include the measures under- erection of Windbreakers that help taken at its various in reduction of wind blown fugitive mines- particularly emissions, a water treatment plant for its programs in- to provide potable water to colony volving greening, residents and the establishment of reclamation and two sewage treatment plants for the rehabilitation, af- colony. Mining Operation Mining operations at Gagal employ the ACC Gagal Awards & Accolades most modern techniques that are n Sword of Honour 1993: presented by British Safety Council, United designed to minimize disturbances to Kingdom for excellence in safety performance. the environment and ecology. They n Indira Priyadarshini Vrikshamitra Award 1996: by The Ministry involve the use of non- electric of Environment and Forests for “extraordinary work” carried out in the area detonators which substantially reduce of afforestation. noise,sound and vibration. Mega Rock n FICCI Award 1997-98: Presented by The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Breakers further eliminate secondary for Corporate initiative in adapting innovative measures for control of pollution, blasting. waste management & conservation of mineral resources in mines and plant. n Subh Karan Sarawagi Environment Award 1998/99: by The Federation Recycling Wastes of Indian Mineral Industries for the measure taken for the protection ACC uses large quantities of dry fly- of environment ash, which is a waste generated by the Ropar thermal power plant in adjoining n Best Managed Unit in Organised Sector 1999: First prize by Central Excise Punjab. This material is otherwise a Department Of Chandigarh, in the state of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and pollution hazard. The dry fly ash is Haryana. transported from Ropar to Gagal in fully n Drona Trophy 1999: By Indian Bureau Of Mines for extra ordinary efforts enclosed bulkers to avoid fugitive in protection of Environment and mineral conservation in the large mechanized emissions during transportation. The mines sector.. total investment made for this project is n Indo German Greentech Environment Excellence Award: for the year over Rs. 22 crores. ACC Gagal can 2000-01. proudly claim that its ACC Suraksha n Golden Peacock Environment Management Special Award 2001: brand of blended cement is not only for outstanding efforts in Environment Management in the large manufacturing durable but also Green - one which is sector. produced in a process that involves n Golden Peacock Environment Management Special Award 2002: lower emission of carbon dioxide for the second consecutive year for outstanding efforts in the Environment almost 30 per cent less. ACC in fact Management in large manufacturing sector. transforms so-called pollutants and converts them into rich value-added blended cements a variety of cement Safety & Health School at Beri, Senior Secondary which assures many superior ACC Gagal has a good track record in School at Rambagh, Govt. School at characteristics and benefits as safety management both in the shop Panjgain and the Sanskrit compared to ordinary cements. floor and mines. Every effort is made Mahavidyalaya at Panjgain, Gagal also uses significant quantities to pursue a path seeking constant renovation and repairs to school of mills scale generated as a waste in improvement. Gagal Cement Works is rooms at Bahot Kasol, Harnoda, rolling mills of steel Industries. These the first cement plant in India to be Baloh and Panjgain Government are used in replacement of natural iron awarded the prestigious OHSAS- Schools. In addition we have provided ore and thus help conserve natural 18001 Certification (Occupational assistance in purchasing land for mineral resources. Health and Safety Assessment Govt. Sr. Secondary School, Series). This is a globally accepted Rambagh [Barmana] and grant of View of Kiln II Bag House standard for the scope of scholarship to Himachali Engineering Occupational Health and Safety students. Management Systems. This Sports receives much outstanding achievement is a encouragement both among testimonial of a high level of employees and their families but also awareness among employees at among others in the community. The grass root levels on Occupational Gagal sports club is abuzz with Safety, Health and Environment activity after working hours and on aspects. holidays. Matches and tournaments are held frequently. ACC rendered Education & Sports valuable financial assistance of Rs. ACC pays great importance to 80 lakhs in the construction of a training, development and education Sports Complex and Indoor sports of its employees and, wherever stadium at Namhol and Bilaspur as possible, of its stake-holders. ACC well as sponsoring various Gagal has spent Rs 5.75 crores to tournaments arranged by the state help construct the Swami Vivekanand Government and non-Govt. agencies Government Degree College at such as the Under 19 Inter District Ghumarwin, in the construction of Cricket Tournament organised by rooms and buildings in the Govt. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Primary School at Lagat, Govt. Middle association.