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Centre may make domestic steel use binding for Govt projects

In a bid to increase domestic steel consumption, the Centre is planning to come up with a policy under which it will be mandatory to use locally manufactured steel for all infrastructure and construction projects of the government.

"Talks are going on with concerned ministries for introduction of policy to make it mandatory to use India made steel for all infrastructure and construction projects of the government," Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said during meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee.

The meeting was on initiatives taken by the steel ministry to enhance demand and production of steel and status of completion of projects by PSUs.

"We are exploring new avenues for usage of steel like steel bridges, containers, water tanks and crash barriers and so on. We have spoken to different central and state governments to enhance usage of steel. Many steps were taken by the government in last few months, to provide a level-playing field to Indian steel producers," The steel minister said.

The steel minister said his ministry was keeping a constant watch on the fast-changing scenario in Indian and international steel industry and has taken appropriate decisions in consultation with other ministries to provide a conducive growth environment for the Indian steel industry.

The Ministry of Steel have constituted four committees with representatives from steel producers, consultants, architects and government authorities among others to promote steel usage.

The mandates for these committees are formulation of codes and standards, life cycle cost analysis and sustainability, development of designs of various utility structures and skill development in 
steel sector.

Similarly, four task forces have been constituted for increasing steel usage in railways, urban development, road transport and highways and shipbuilding sector.

Rural housing targets to achieve one crore dwelling units in the next three years. Usage of steel-based structures can provide huge impetus to the demand of steel.

The steel ministry is approaching concerned authorities to share 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 rural development ministry.

Domestic production of steel has increased by 10.5 per cent in April to December 2016, compared to the corresponding period last year. Moreover, this momentum will be sustained through a multi-pronged strategy in the coming months and years, he said.

The steel minister said his ministry would explore the possibility of setting up scrap-based steel plants in northern and western part of the country.

"These plants will be energy efficient, eco-friendly, cost-effective and with capacity to produce high quality steel," he said.
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