Focus on R&D, innovation to tap steel market: Birender Singh
Steel Minister Birender Singh, arrived at SAIL’s Bokaro Steel Plant on Friday on his maiden visit to the steel city. Upon his arrival, Singh was welcomed by Bokaro Steel Plant’s CEO Anutosh Maitra and other senior officials.
The highlight of the visit was the review of the plant’s production, projects and other related issues by the Minister.
Addressing a meeting with the senior officials of the plant at Bokaro Niwas while reviewing the plant’s performance he said, “The efforts being undertaken in SAIL Plants including BSL for bringing down the cost of production should continue to stay competitive and SAIL collective needs to strive for betterment in all performance parameters in line with international benchmarks.”
The Minister also underlined the importance of increased focus on Research & Development and innovation in SAIL so as to fully tap the potential of the steel market. Later, he also addressed the media representatives and apprised them of the government’s priorities in the steel sector and future plans.
During his short stay at Bokaro, Singh first visited the Model Room at the Ispat Bhavan where he was apprised of Bokaro Steel Plant’s layout, ongoing modernisation projects and future expansion plans.
Thereafter, he visited some of the important shops of the plant including the Blast Furnace-2, the Continuous Casting Shop and the new Cold Rolling Mill-3. The Minister was accompanied by Uchana Kalan, Jind (Haryana) MLA Prem Lata Singh, Ministry of Steel Joint Secretary Sunil Barthwal and Chairman SAIL P K Singh.
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