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Atanu Datta
Atanu Datta

Atanu Datta

Deputy General Manager


Brief description about me
Working as Deputy General Manager (Expansion)- Cement Plant, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) , Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Visakhapatnam from  July , 2012 to till date.
•    Reporting to Executive Director(Project) and working as total in-charge of upcoming 3 million ton blended cement plant project of 1500 crores  in joint venture with leading cement plants in India. Cement project is in kick off stage.

Asst General Manager (Operation), Lime Calcination Plant , Visakhapatnam Steel Plant from January, 1987 to June , 2012.
•    Responsible as in-charge for ongoing expansion project of  2 X 500 Tons Vertical Shaft Becken Bach annular shaft kiln awarded to M/s Teruzzi Fercalx Spa, Italy which is midst of  execution for 6.3 MT expansions of Vizag Steel.
•    Earlier worked as in charge of lime calcination plant managing all aspects of operations for 5 rotary lime kilns with a production of approximately 2,50,000 Tons per annum with a 131 workmen and 17 executives.
•    Commissioning and  production experience in lime rotary kilns and sintering kiln for dolomite
•    Experience in Production Planning, Maintenance, Budgeting, Quality Management, Quality Assurance Plan, Quality Circles, ISO standardization procedures for QMS, EMS and OHSMS etc.
•    Commissioning and  production experience in automated Magnesia Carbon Refractory Brick manufacturing unit for Steel Melt Shop

Refractory Engineers (Trainee), Otto India Private Ltd. Durgapur Steel Plant. From January 1986 to December 1986
•    Refractory Maintenance of Coke Oven Battery of  Durgapur Steel Plant, Experience in rebuilding of battery no 3A and partial rebuilding of battery no 5.
Challenges in job
The work is really challenging because:-  
I got experience with successfully commissioning and managing all aspects of lime rotary kilns including implementing new work culture among workmen; selecting, managing and training staff; developing and managing the departmental budget; establishing and monitoring productivity goals; and leading cross-functional teams. Have designed the layout, processes, and standard operating and maintenance practices, procedures for good lime calcination system. Additional expertise for commissioning and production in automated Mag Carbon Refractory Brick manufacturing unit for Steel Melt Shop. Proven leadership skills gained from managing a large number of workmen as well as contractors. Worked as project in-charge for four years for 2 X 500 TPD Shaft Kilns in expansion project of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant which is ready for commissioning. Presently working as total in-charge  of upcoming 3 million ton blended cement plant of 1500 crore project in joint venture with leading cement plants in India

Job made easy
I worked with an objective which utilizes my 26 years of project, commissioning and production experience and expertise in Cement Plant, Lime Kilns  and Magnesia Carbon Refractories & Coke Oven refractories,  to work with best satisfaction of the employer and to implement positive work culture down the line. This made my job challenging and easier.
Upcoming Trends
My field is project management in the field of Lime and Cement. With the increase in investment in infrastructure sector in India and abroad, the demand of Steel and Cement is increasing in rapid pace. This growth is primarily attributed to the government's high level of infrastructure spending, and the country's increasing number of residential and commercial construction activities.
My view on India technological development
It is true that with so much technical talent in India, even then we do not have a single tech product made in India which is dominating the world markets. For example we are having great demand of lime kilns in India in recent times but all technologies are coming from Italy or Switzerland. To combat this crisis and to make serious effort in this line, in February, 2012 we have formed Indian Lime Association in line with other lime association exists in other parts of world like, USA, China, Europe etc. Being Joint Secretary of Indian Lime Association (INDLA), my objective to develop indigenous technology related to lime kilns so that we get an Indian Lime Kiln Technology and we can supply this technology worldwide.
My goals
Cement is essential component of infrastructure development world over. It is also the second largest consumable item on the planet after water. (0.3 ton per person). India is ranked as the second-largest producer of cement in the world, only behind China. The Indian cement industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10.64% over the period of 2012-2016. The Indian government revealed plans to invest US $ 1 trillion on infrastructure during the Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2012-2017).
I like to take the advantage of the situation , and wants to set up a 3 million ton Cement unit for Rashtriya Ispat Nigan Limited, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant as in-charge of the project in next 3 years time which is assigned to my by my company in recent time.

Family Background
I have started my career from a middle class family as brilliant engineer in the field of Ceramics graduated from prestigious Kolkata University as 1st class second rank holder in BSc.(Tech)- Ceramics. I am only son of my parent. My father is retired employee of Life Insurance Corporation of India from Kolkata whose only dream was to see me as a successful engineer. My mother was a housewife who nurtured me in the cultural field and I was trained in classical music for 13 years. I joined Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited in 1987 and subsequently got married to Mahua Datta who is also a successful home maker and my inspiration in all the activities. We have only one son named Akash who is in 6th Standard in Delhi Public School in Steel Township, Visakhapatnam.
Advice to professionals
I like to advice people of this generation who will start job in the core sector like steel plant that they have to be hard working, honest and loyal to the organization. Our society is gradually turning to become selfish society where people confined to them and to their family. But to do progress of the country we have to work hard and cultivate sense of belongingness to the organization and in turn to the nation.
Advice to students
I will primarily advice them to gather practical knowledge about the subject and go for higher study to enrich the knowledge further. In our time we did not know about the opportunities across the globe and our knowledge was limited. But now a day’s new generation students are in tremendous advantage due to high tech world about knowledge. Also my sincere advice to young an aspiring students to stop the brain drain and whatever you learn from our country, try to contribute to our nation only which will make total Indian nation proud and happy
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