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Centre keen to develop Kalinganagar as steel hub: minister

Press Trust of India  |  Rourkela (Odisha) 

Union Chaudhary today said the Centre is keen to develop Odisha's as a hub, as part of its plan to raise the country's production to 300 mt by 2030.

"Our plan is to enhance the country's to 300 million tons by 2030 as per the national As part of the strategy to achieve the goal, we are keen to develop as a major steel hub," Singh told reporters during a visit to this

is now the second largest in the world after and this is a big achievement, he said.

The per is very low and "during the last four years we have achieved a 12 per cent increase in that and today it stands at 65 kg per head," the said.

"However, this is also very low and our aim is to raise it to 160 kg by 2030," he said.

Presently is producing 102 mt of steel of which the SAIL and the contribute over 14 per cent, said the

Referring to the Plant of the SAIL, he said, the aim is to double its capacity to 8.2 mt in the next five years from the present strength of 4 mt.

In the last one year, production has gone up in by 57 per cent and around 25 lakh people are engaged in different types of steel industries, which was 20 lakh in 2014, he said.

"The is going to be a major contributor in employment generation in coming days," said Singh.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 22:05 IST