Govt looking to set up two steel plants
India plans to set up at least two integrated steel plants to process scrapped steel. The Union government is looking to have one such unit each in the north and south India.
The government is likely to go in for private partnership for putting up the units. About 8 million tonne (mt) of scrap is imported every year while India generates over 28 mt scrap.
The scrap policy will reduce dependence on imports besides ensuring that fresh steel demand is met through recycling rather than additional natural resources, leading to lessening environmental damage. International scrap recycling industry is worth over $500 billion, directly employing over 1.6 million people and handling over 600 mt of re-recyclables every year, industry body FICCI said in a report.
On the demand side, metal scrap, especially steel scrap is an important raw material source for electric and induction furnace mills as well as for non-ferrous secondary sector producers.