New Delhi: Union Minister for Steel Dharmendra Pradhan has said that the Centre is planning to raise the capacity of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) to over 10 million tonnes from the current 4.2 million tonnes. He was in Odisha and was on a visit to Steel Authority of India Limited’s (SAIL) Rourkela Steel Plant.
In a day-long meeting, he took a tour of the steel plant, held a review meeting with officials and interacted with customers. He called for fast-tracking projects and improving contribution towards regional development.
‘Rourkela an intellectual hub of Odisha’
While chairing a review meeting, the minister said, “Rourkela is an intellectual hub of Odisha and has contributed in a big way for the development of the state as well as the nation.” Pradhan emphasised on fast-tracking the ongoing projects at the earliest and ramping up the production.
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He also stressed on leveraging digitalisation in the functioning of the plant.
Pradhan meets Rourkela Steel Plant clientele
The Minister also held a meeting with customers. While interacting with customers, he said, “The steel fraternity has an important role to play in the development and industrialization of the region.” He also emphasised upon creating more consumption centres in and around Rourkela to increase the sales of RSP. Pradhan also stressed on having regular interaction with the customers to study the changing market demands.
Minister interacts with employees
“The Union Minister first went to the Model Room of HRD Centre. There he was appraised with the functioning of the entire plant and was shown a film. Thereafter the minister visited the projects site of the Hot Strip Mill-2 and took stock of the progress and future plans. He then visited the New Plate Mill was and watched the rolling of plates and planted a sapling in the Pragati Udyan in front of the mill. He also interacted with the employees on the shop floor,” a statement released by Rourkela Steel Plant said.