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Indian Railways: SAIL supplies 6,20,000 lakh tonnes of rails in FY17

SAIL has carried out modernisation and expansion programme at all the five major steel plants

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Ltd (SAIL) has supplied 6.20 lakh tonnes of rails to the in 2016-17, was informed on Wednesday.

"Initially for 2016-17, Railway Board placed a bulk indent on for supply of 6,24,516 tonnes of rails, which was met by and it supplied 6,20,049 tonnes of rails during 2016-17 to Indian Railways," Minister of State for Steel Sai said in a written reply to

"However, the enhanced requirement of Railways i.e; supply of 8.2 lakh tonnes of rails during the year could not be met due to capacity constraints," the minister informed.

But, with the ramping up of the new 1.2 million tonne Universal Rail Mill at Bhilai Steel Plant, has now capacity to meet additional demand of Indian Railways, he added.

Sai further said: "The cumulative incurred by SAIL towards and expansion, and related sustenance schemes, till June 2017 is Rs 65,822 crore."

In a separate reply, the minister said, "SAIL has carried out and expansion programme at all the five major plants viz Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Bokaro (Jharkhand), Rourkela (Odisha), Durgapur and Burnpur (West Bengal) and special at Salem (Tamil Nadu)."

However, the Salem in Tamil Nadu, despite of Rs 1,902 crore has been incurring losses, he added.

First Published: Wed, July 26 2017. 18:44 IST