HYDERABAD: The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is likely to set up a steel factory in Bayyaram in Khammam district. Though a formal announcement is yet to be made, the state government is understood to have more or less finalised it and is likely to give the go-ahead to SAIL shortly.
SAIL team inspected iron ore availability in the district and the feasible place to set up the steel plant.
The Bayyaram iron ore mining lease entrusted by the previous Rajasekhara Reddy government ran into a controversy. The TRS opposed the allotment of vast extent of lands to Rakshana Steels. Following this, the agreement between Rakshana Steel and the government was cancelled.
Now, the Telangana government is making serious efforts to set up a steel plant in Bayyaram and asked the steel giant to do the ground survey. Though there were surveys on the availability of iron in the state there are very old. ‘’The surveys are 20-year-old. We want to know the exact iron ore available and the content of iron. The SAIL team is already on the job of conducting the survey,” official sources told Express on Thursday.
If the steel factory comes up in Bayyaram, Sail can also use the iron more mineral available in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state. ‘’SAIL has financial resources. The government may asked SAIL to start the steel factory soon,” a top official said.
Mini Steel Plants: Meanwhile, the NSL Consolidated Limited which has agreed to start a pellet industry in Karimnagar and Siddipet are also planning to start mini-steel plants. As the content of iron in the mineral available in Karimnagar and Medak districts was around 35 per cent, the NSLCL may start pig iron factory.
12 Sites for Hero Motocrop: The Hero Motocrop team has visited as many as 12 sites in Hyderabad and elsewhere in Telangana and a decision is awaited.
INVESTMENTS IN PIPELINE
SAIL likely to set up steel factory in Bayyaram
NSLCL to invest Rs 1,000 crore in iron pellet factory and Rs 1,500 crore on pig iron factory
Hero MotoCorp to invest Rs 1,500 crore
Tata Aerospace has invested Rs 500 crore to make aircraft
Khammam district would be divided to carve out a new district of Kottagudem, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said at a function held to welcome former TDP MLA from Khammam, Tummala Nageswara Rao, to the party here on Friday.
"Khammam is among the largest districts. The government is considering bifurcating it to create a new Kottagudem district," KCR said. The government will focus on the all-round development of Khammam district, he added. "All along, Khammam district was ignored by successive governments in AP. But now, it will be developed as an industrial district. I will tour the district soon," he added. He also welcomed the plan of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) to set up a steel plant in Bayyaram.
Several TDP leaders from the district joined TRS, giving the ruling party a boost in the district. Nageswara Rao, who switched over to the TRS along with his supporters, said that he was joining the ruling party to support KCR in the endeavour to realize a golden Telangana'. "I realize that the dream of creating Bangaru Telangana' is possible only under the leadership of KCR," Nageswar Rao said.