State-run SAILs Bhilai plant has received an order for 12 lakh tonne (LT) rails from the Indian Railways for the current fiscal, Steel Secretary Aruna Sharma said yesterday.
She was replying to a question asked by an industry member at KATM conference on raw materials for steel and power here.
“Railways is on an expansion mode creating new railway lines. Is is not that the railways is not procuring new rails. Railways has already placed a confirmed rail order of 12 lakh tonnes with Bhilai in this financial year,” Sharma said.
Bhilai Steel Plant is the flagship unit of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). It produces high strength rails, heavy structurals, wide and heavy steel plates of different grades, merchant products, wire rods etc.
The unit became the first integrated steel plant in the country to surpass the 5 MT mark in crude production in the year 2005-06.
The plant has unique distinction of producing cleanest rail in the world.