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PM Modi dedicates upgraded Bhilai plant to nation, SAIL capacity rises to 21mtpa

Press Trust of India  |  Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) 

today dedicated to the nation the modernised and expanded plant of state-owned SAIL.

With this, the Authority of (SAIL) has completed its around Rs 72,000 crore modernisation and expansion programme, taking its production capacity to 21 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) from 13 MTPA earlier.

Addressing a rally here, the said the plant will make the foundation of 'New India' stronger than steel.

"Before coming here, I went to After spending more than Rs 18,000 crore, this plant (Plant) has been modernised and expanded with latest technology," said.

"I am fortunate to have been given an opportunity to dedicate this modernised and expanded the plant to the nation," he added.

Bhilai, he said, has not only made steel but has also improved the lives of the people. Since Independence, from Kutch to Cuttack and Kargil to Kanyakumari, it is that has provided tracks to Indian Railways, he said.

The was on a day-long visit to where he inaugurated various projects worth Rs 22,000 crore. He visited SAIL's plant located in district.

said four years back the was going through a tough time and facing challenges but today is the second largest

"I want to say that today we are not only fulfilling the needs of the country but also the needs of the world," he added.

When the BJP came to power at the Centre, "was at the fourth place in But two years back we left behind to become the third largest and four months back we left behind to become the second largest steel producer," he said.

In the last two years, Singh said, India has become a net exporter of steel. "In the last two-and-a-half years we have stopped 40 per cent of the steel which used to come from other countries to India."

Bhilai plant, he said, is producing 130-metre long single piece rail track which is the longest in the world.

Chief Minister and were among others present during the occasion.

Implemented with an investment of more than Rs 18,800 crore, the new plant would have an enhanced production capacity of 7.5 MTPA against 4.7 MTPA earlier, which will be the highest among all of SAIL.

The new blast furnace number 8 - Mahamaya alone has a capacity of 2.8 MTPA.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 18:00 IST