Min­istry pushes for In­dia-made steel only for Govt in­fra projects

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Con­cerned over the ane­mic growth in steel con­sump­tion, steel min­is­ter Biren­der Singh urged all con­cerned min­istries to use In­dia-made steel only for in­fra­struc­ture and con­struc­tion projects of the gov­ern­ment. He also wants a mod­i­fi­ca­tion in the gen­eral fi­nan­cial rules to in­clude life cy­cle cost anal­y­sis in de­sign and plan­ning stage of pub­lic projects.

At a con­sul­ta­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing on Mon­day, he also said the min­istry is ex­plor­ing new av­enues for us­age of steel like steel bridges, con­tain­ers, wa­ter tanks and crash bar­ri­ers. “We have spo­ken to dif­fer­ent cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments to en­hance us­age of steel,” the min­is­ter said.

Singh said the min­istry has con­sti­tuted four com­mit­tees with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from INSDAG, steel pro­duc­ers, con­sul­tants, ar­chi­tects, users and gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties to pro­mote steel us­age with the man­date of for­mu­lat­ing codes and stan­dards, life cy­cle cost anal­y­sis and sus­tain­abil­ity, de­vel­op­ment of de­signs of var­i­ous util­ity struc­tures and skill de­vel­op­ment in the steel sec­tor.

“Sim­i­larly, four task forces have been con­sti­tuted for in­creas­ing steel us­age in rail­ways, ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, road trans­port and high­ways and ship­build­ing sec­tors,” he said.

Hop­ing de­mands to come from the gov­ern­ment’s ru­ral hous­ing project plan, the steel min­istry has ap­proached con­cerned au­thor­i­ties to elab­o­rate on the ad­van­tages of steel houses like less erec­tion time, more dura­bil­ity, bet­ter flex­i­bil­ity and eco-friend­li­ness. Pre­sen­ta­tions with pro­to­type de­signs have been made to key of­fi­cials of the ru­ral de­vel­op­ment min­istry.

Singh said the road min­istry’s plan of re­con­struc­tion of 1,500 road bridges, 208 over bridges and the chard­ham high­way project pro­vide huge op­por­tu­nity for en­hanc­ing steel us­age. Min­istry and PSUS are work­ing on these op­por­tu­ni­ties as also in sec­tors like rail­ways, de­fence and other man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries, he said.

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