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blished as serious competitors. A point to remember about explosives is that they cannot be stored for indefinite periods and to talk (as Minister Triguha Sen did the other day) of creating six months' buffer stock is irrelevant. For one thing, the stock will be unusable without testing when it is required; for another, a stock of some 15,000 tonnes of high explosives will need very stringent precautions for its storage and for protection of its envi- rqns. Even to store 2,000 tonnes of explosives in a place is unusual. In any case, somebody will have to pay for it, at an average price of around Rs 4,000 per tonne. The only long-term remedy is to instal additional production capacity and to use the present capacity wisely.

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