‘Odisha can produce 100MT of steel by ’31’
Union Minister for Steel Chaudhary Birender Singh visited Kalinganagar on Tuesday and interacted with MDs or CEOs of major steel producing units there. Officers from the Central and State Governments were present in the meeting.
Singh stated that India has become the second-largest steel producing nation in 2018. In 2017-18, the country produced over 100 million tonnes of steel. The Indian steel industry has come out of the difficulties faced during 2014-15 and 2015-16 due to various policy interventions by the Government of India.
The National Steel Policy and the DMI&SP Policy were notified in 2017 giving direction and fillip to the domestic industry.
He said Odhisa is a major steel producing State contributing more than half of steel production in the country. Odisha is rich in minerals and mines and has a potential to produce 100 MT of steel out of 300 MT envisaged in National Steel Policy by the year 2030-31. Kalinganagar is a major industrial hub with around 15 steel plants located in this region which include public-sector plants like NINL and private-sector plants like Tata Steel, Jindal Stainless Limited, Visa Steel, MESCO, etc. To achieve the common objective of producing 300 MT by 2030, enhanced production from Kalinganagar and other Odisha units is important.
Representatives of the steel manufacturers talked about iron ore availability and mentioned about he increased need for utilising iron ore fines for pellet manufacturing so that precious iron ore can be preserved.
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