KOLKATA (Metro Rail News): Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) has got an order of 2,308-tonne head hardened rails from Kolkata Metro Rail Co., as per a company official. This type of rails is used in high-speed freight corridors & metro rail projects.
Head hardened rails are built using the head hardening technology to carry approximately 50% higher pressure as compared to normal rails.
JSPL Managing Director V R Sharma stated that we have received an order of 2,308-tonne head hardened rails of 1080 HH grade from Kolkata Metro. The Research Designs & Standards Organisation has also provided permission for manufacturing and supply of 60E1 grade & 1080 HH grade head hardened rail.
Without revealing the complete deal cost he told the order would be supplied when the situation stabilises after the nationwide lockdown. As the market is down in India the need for steel has been affected. We had received orders from outside India and we are supplying all these orders to countries like Saudi Arab, Vietnam, Thailand and Europe. Our production levels are also maintained, added an official.
Sharma also stated while speaking for the sector his advice to the govt will be that at least those steel MSMEs that are not in COVID-19 hotspot regions should be permitted to continue operations.
“There are around 3-4 lakh MSMEs of steel in the whole country. I recommend that at least those that are not in the affected and hotspots states can be permitted to start work. Many people depend on these MSMEs for their livelihood. The government can also think a similar move in other sectors as well. This would help in decreasing the burden on the people in the whole chain from manufacturing to the supplier to consumer,” he added. The company’s rail mill at the Raigarh plant has the capacity of generating above 30,000 tonnes of head hardened rail every month.