Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is planning to commence manufacturing of special quality rails for high-speed train corridors and metro projects in the next 2 years, an official said. SAIL could start making of the speciality rails at its Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) in Chhattisgarh and IISCO Steel Plant at Burnpur in West Bengal, he said.
- Mr. Anirban Dasgupta, CEO, SAIL’s Bhilai Steel Plant said, “We expect to commence head (hardened) rail project in two years. However, it is now in the planning stage. The capacity and investments have not been firmed up.”
- With more strength than the normal rails, the speciality product is used in metro rail projects and high speed train corridors.
- He said,”Feasibility studies will be carried out at BSP and Burnpur plant as only one facility will not be enough for SAIL, given the projected demand. The project would help for substituting imports.”
- SAIL is in the process of hiring a consultant to carry out the feasibility studies, he said.
- Railways’ track modernisation program will require at least 1-million tonnes of head-hardened rails in the next 4-5 years, as per the reports.
- New metro rail projects in the country alone will spur demand for at least 500,000 tonnes of the speciality rails in the next couple of years.
- The official said, the capacity of the Bhilai plant has been ramped up to produce 2-million tonnes normal rails from 0.8 million tonnes per annum after modernisation..
- In 2019 -20, the facility is expected to produce 1.3 million tonnes, he added