Science and Technology Minister Dr Jitendra Singh on Wednesday completed the shipment of 1,600 metric tons of processed steel slag from Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur plant to Border Road Organization (BRO) ‘Project Arunk’ in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, rejected.
Singh virtually canceled it, saying that India has entered the “era of steel roads”.
The project is being implemented by CSIR-CRRI together with Tata Steel and BRO, where processed steel slag aggregate – a by-product of steel production – will be used in the construction of pieces of steel slag line in strategic areas.
India is currently the second largest producer of crude steel in the world, producing more than 118 million tons of crude steel. About 20% of this steel slag is generated as solid waste and its disposal is a major challenge for the steel industry. This solid waste is now used in road construction. “This project is a perfect example of ‘waste to wealth’,” emphasizes Singh.