Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated Steel Authority of India Ltd.’s (SAIL) modernised and expanded Bhilai Steel Plant to the nation at Bhilai.
This momentous occasion was witnessed by Union Minister for Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr Raman Singh, Union Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai, Union Minister of State for Telecommunications, I/c, Manoj Sinha and several other dignitaries.
Before dedicating the new plant to the nation, Prime Minister Modi also visited Bhilai Steel Plant where he witnessed the new and expanded steel making facilities. During the Plant visit, Secretary Steel Dr. Aruna Sharma, Officer on Special Duty, Steel, Binoy Kumar, Chairman SAIL, Shri PK Singh and CEO, Bhilai Steel Plant, M Ravi were also present.
“Definitely Bhilai has not only made steel, also built the lives, decorated the society and made the country too. We will also work to strengthen the foundation of New India as steel. In Bhilai and Durg, you have personally experienced that after setting up a steel plant, the picture changed there. Mining of steel sector and iron ore has played a big role in speeding up the progress of Chhattisgarh,” said the PM.
Modernised and expanded with an investment of more than Rs. 18,800 Crore, Bhilai Steel Plant would now have an enhanced hot metal production capacity of 7.5 MTPA from earlier 4.7 MTPA, which will be the highest among all steel plants of SAIL. T
The new Blast Furnace no 8 – Mahamaya – alone has a capacity to produce 2.8 MTPA. The new Steel Melting Shop no. 3 will increase the crude steel capacity to 7 MTPA from earlier 3.9 MTPA and the new Bar and Rod Mill will double the capacity to 2 MTPA. Apart from this, SAIL-BSP’s new Universal Rail Mill has enhanced total rail production capacity of SAIL to 2 MTPA.