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SAIL, ArcelorMittal JV steel plant's site to be finalised in 3 months

Will be located closer to auto hub, have zeroed in on 3 sites, final choice between them

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Rs 5,000-crore autograde plant in joint venture between and would be set up close to an automobile hub and final decision on the site is likely in three months, a top official today said.

"It (SAIL, JV) is in the final stage now. Absolutely in the final stage," Secretary Aruna Sharma told PTI in an interview.

Authority of (SAIL) and had in May, 2015 entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the possibility of setting up an autograde steel manufacturing facility under a joint venture in

"There are two things that they (both the companies) have to do. One is a commercial agreement between the two and second thing is that they have to zero in on the place where they will be putting up the plant. So that work is going on. So we are expecting it to be completed in may be in another two or three months," the secretary said.

A task force team comprising representatives from both and ArcelorMittal has been working on detailed due diligence and preliminary feasibility study and all other issues for setting up a joint venture company.

When asked about the location of the proposed plant Sharma said, "that decision is happening. The two of them are looking at it. They have zeroed in on three sites. So (it would be at) one of the three sites. It will be closer to an We have three auto hubs."

The secretary further said both the were inspecting and comparing the pros and cons of each site.

"They have to see all pros and cons. They will prepare a matrix out of it and put a value to it and then decide which place suits them," Sharma said.

Elaborating further, the secretary said took the technical advice on the proposed joint venture from Niti Aayog.

"We took the technical advice from Niti Aayog...For administrative things we can understand but on technical issues it's better that one takes an expert's advice," she asserted.

The much-awaited between steel giant ArcelorMittal and state-run SAIL will also focus on producing specialised grade steel products for defence, space and

Earlier, an inter-ministerial group had reviewed the progress of the MoU.

The proposed will construct a cold rolling mill and other downstream finishing facilities in India, touted as one of the fastest-growing automotive markets in the world with production expected to double between 2014 and 2020, from 3.6 million units to 7.3 million units.

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First Published: Thu, July 20 2017. 15:32 IST