PM Awas Yojna (Urban) will consume 158 lakh Metric Tonne steel and 692 lakh Metric Tonne cement: Hardeep Singh Puri
'5,151 projects worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore have been identified in 100 Smart Cities'
Around 40% of our population will live in urban centres by 2030, said Puri
Puri urges Steel industry to come out with structures for the usage of new resilient and environment-friendly technologies
New Delhi: (Infrastructure news) According to govt estimates about 158 lakh Metric Tonne steel and 692 lakh Metric Tonne cement is likely to be consumed in the construction of all the houses sanctioned under PM Awas Yojna (Urban), said Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS MoHUA and MoCA, in New Delhi on Tuesday. Puri was addressing a webinar on Atmanirbhar Bharat: Fostering Steel Usage in Housing & Construction and Aviation Sector. The Minister said that nearly 84 lakh MT steel and 370 lakh MT cement has already been consumed in houses completed so far. According to an official estimate, 3.65 crore jobs would be generated in the construction of all sanctioned houses under PM Awas Yojna (Urban), of which about 1.65 crore jobs would have already been generated in the construction of houses grounded so far, he said.
'40% population in urban centres by 2030'
Speaking on urbanization, the Minister said that our urban centres/cities are hubs of economic productivity, infrastructure, culture, and diversity. He added that 40% of our population or 600 million Indians are expected to live in our urban centres by 2030.
Joined Shri @dpradhanbjp Ji, Shri @fskulaste Ji & others for a webinar on #AtmaNirbharBharat: Fostering Steel Usage in the Housing, Construction and Aviation sector.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) August 18, 2020
Steel is an important component in infrastructure. pic.twitter.com/nPgxXZsHbt
Why steel consumption is going to be high in urban areas, Puri said that presently about 700 km metro length is operational in 18 cities and about 900 km network is under construction in 27 cities. The average per KM requirement of steel in metro projects is about 13,000 Metric Tonnes.
Steel consumption in urban development will be high
Speaking about the consumption of steel in the aviation sector, Puri said that Steel is being used extensively in Airport Terminal buildings for the roof structure and as support to the glass facade. The total value of steel expected to be used for the construction of Airport Terminal Buildings in the next 5 years - Rs 1,905 cr (approx), Puri said.
In the next five years 15 new Terminal buildings are planned at a cost of Rs 15,000 Crore, requiring a large quantity of steel and added that on an average 12-15% of cost component is steelwork for Airports, he added.
'Smart city projects on right track'
Smart Cities Mission has tendered around 4,700 projects worth Rs 1,66,000 crore which is about 81% of the total projects proposed, Puri informed. MoHUA has identified 5,151 projects worth more than Rs. 2 lakh crore in 100 Smart Cities, around 3,800 projects amounting to approximately Rs 1,25,000 crore viz. 61% have been grounded and more than 1,638 projects worth over Rs 27,000 crores have been completed, Puri said.
Speaking about the impact on the environment, the minister said that PM had stressed on the need to use new, alternative and faster construction strategies and technologies which are disaster-resilient and environment friendly where the carbon footprint is minimal.
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