Nagarnar Steel Plant will be ready by next near: Raman Singh
RAIPUR: Construction of steel plant by National Mining
Development Corporation (NMDC) at Nagarnar in Bastar district is near
completion. There is strong possibility of starting production in the plant by
next year, said chief minister Dr Raman Singh.
Nagarnar Steel Plant is the second public sector steel plant of
the Union government, after Bhilai Steel Plant. With the completion of the
plant, the social and economic development of the tribal dominated Bastar
region would be improved, the chief minister said while discussing with the
Union steel, mining and labour state minister Vishnudev Sai.
Raman Singh sought Sai’s special attention in completing the
Nagarnar Steel Plan construction within time limit. It was the first meeting of
Sai with chief minister Raman Singh after becoming union state minister. Raman
Singh greeted Sai and extended good wishes to him.
The Chief Minister discussed different subjects linked to the
interests of Chhattisgarh with Sai. He told Sai that in the Union Labour
Ministry there were about 15 welfare schemes for the industrial workers,
including opening of medical college and hospitals. The workers could get
treatment at concessional rate in these hospitals. He asked Sai to make efforts
in establishing hospitals in Raigarh, Korba, Rajnandgaon and other cities in
the state, after studying the provisions.
Mentioning about the mines being run by the NMDC and the South
East Coal Limited (SECL) in Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh told Sai that better
utilisation of money from the Corporate Social Responsibility Fund of these
Central undertakings could be made for the good of the people of the state,
especially, those from the mine areas.
During discussion, the chief minister said that from the
iron-ore projects operated by NMDC in Bailadila of Bastar division, row iron
should be supplied to the steel industries of the state on priority.