Steel from old vehicles to fortify highways
THE steel ministry has drawn up plans to set up 20 centres in various parts of the country to produce steel from the scrap of old commercial vehicles that will be taken off roads following the implementation of the new policy.
The proposed policy limits the life of a commerical vehicle to 20 years.
“Our scrap policy is now at a final stage and the ministry of road, transport and highways is coming up with end of life cycle policy for commercial vehicles...so we are going to have 20 vehicle scrap centres,’’ said Aruna Sharma, steel secretary on Thursday.
She was speaking at a seminar on ‘Opportunities for Indian Steel Mills in the Infrastructure sector’ jointly organised by the ministry and Steel Guru, a steel portal. It may be noted that the policy was given approval ‘in-principle' at a high-level inter-ministerial meeting at the PMO recently to pave the way for scrapping of 20-year old commercial vehicles (CVs) from April 1, 2020.
Sharma said the 20 centres would be set up either under private sector or on a public-private partnership mode. The steel ministry will introduce a steel scrap policy this year which, in conjunction with the much-awaited vehicle scrappage policy will lay out rules and regulations for using scrap from old vehicles to produce steel.
Once the commercial vehicles policy is in place, India will start producing steel from scrap. The National Steel Policy’s target of 300 million tonnes (MT) of steel production by 2030-31 includes steel made from both iron ore and scrap, Sharma added.
Said Vishnu Deo minister of state for steel, “We have to ensure that the maximum steel produced in the country is used domestically,” said the minister. “The new steel policy seeks to increase per capita steel consumption to 160 kg by 2030 from the existing around 64 kg,” said Deo.
Addressing the workshop through video conference, steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said, with India targeting a 300 MT a year steel production capacity by 2030-31, the focus of the ministry is on domestic consumption and making the sector globally competitive. The ministry of steel has identified construction and manufacturing sectors like rural development, urban infrastructure, roads and highways, and railways for maximum consumption.
The minister described steel as the backbone of construction and infrastructure sector which consumes almost half of the total steel produced. He also added that the government’s ‘Housing for All’ scheme can directly benefit from this.
Spl hubs to be set up to extract steel from scrap
The steel ministry’s scrap policy will be introduced this year.