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Manoj Sinha, Hindustan Times
Ramgarh, August 23, 2013
The glass factory at Bhadaninagar (Bhurkunda) seems to be on track to regain its lost glory. Once considered Asia's foremost glass producer, the factory downed its shutters because of losses some years ago.

About 1000 workers who have been unemployed for more than two years now are also hopeful about a new beginning.

"With the help of workers and local people, the factory can once again regain its golden past. I wanted to help factory workers who were facing a lot of hardships," said factory's new chairman Vijay Joshi.

"Very soon, the production of figure glass will resume from two TF furnace. In the first phase, 170 tonne glass will be produced in seven-foot size. Hundred tonne glass will be made in the second phase," said production manager Nakul Prasad.

The management had started preparing for a re-opening about six months ago with the reconstruction of furnace.

"The management has made an all-out effort to reopen the factory and has worked hard to get electric line, license, coal linkage and no objection certificate from the Pollution Control Board. All departments of the factory are ready now," said chief engineer Md Naeem.

Founded by industrialist Lala Gulsharan Lal when India got its independence, the factory at its peak employed more than 1000 workers and almost 15,000 people were dependant on it.

It was bought by a Japanese company Asahi Glass in 1957 and was christened Indo Asahi Glass factory (IAG). Known for its special quality of glass, the factory was considered the best in Asia during this time.

In 1999 the Japanese sold this company to RS Khemka but unfortunately the factory was shutdown in 2004.

Later, another industrial group bought this factory in 2008 but it closed down again in 2010 due to losses. This time round, the factory will run under the stewardship of Vijay Joshi, a noted industrialist.