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India may achieve 300 MT steel output ahead of 2030-31: Steel Secy

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government on Tuesday expressed confidence that would achieve 300 million tonnes (MT) of production target ahead of the year 2030-31.

"It (Policy) is a very landmark policy which was brought in the year 2017. It envisions the capacity to be around 300 MT by 2030. Going by the present trend of growth both in terms of consumption, in terms of per capita growth...this could come even earlier," said here.

The Cabinet had last year approved the Policy 2017 that envisages Rs 10 lakh crore investment to take capacity to 300 million tonnes by 2030-31.

"Now, for all this we require the sector to be aggravated. In this context I must say that NMDC must play its pivotal role," he said.

Kumar further said that in a bid to give a boost to the steel sector, the feels that there should a special policy with regard to iron ore.

"In the we do feel especially with regard to iron ore and some of the related minerals like chromite, manganese and such kind of metals, we would like to have special policy which helps our to grow," he said.

India, Kumar said, which is the third largest steel producing country, will soon be in the second position.

He further said the per capita consumption of steel though has risen to 69 kgs in the current year, it is still far behind the international consumption standard.

Hence, the has huge potential in the future, he added.

Meanwhile, also exuded confidence that country would be able to achieve 300 million tonnes of earlier than 2030.

"The way we are building our infrastructure, our requirement for steel is expanding progressive and is looking to build capacities and 300 MT will be achieved quite soon," Jindal said.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 18:55 IST