India: Transport and Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) minister Nitin Gadkari says that cement producers have raised their prices without justification. He alleged that input prices for the industry had not increased and speculated that the companies acted ‘like a cartel’, according to the Times of India newspaper. He added that the higher cost of cement was negatively affecting road and affordable housing construction.
Gadkari said he has asked his officials to intervene in an on-going case in the Supreme Court and also explore the option of approaching the Competition Commission of India. The National Highway Builders Federation has also sought government intervention over the issue.