IRICEN officials study tour to SAIL’s Bhilai Steel Plant

Senior officers from the Indian Railway Institute of Civil Engineering (IRICEN), Pune, visited Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), the flagship unit of the public sector steel giant Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL)  for a study tour, recently.

Apprising the group about the work culture of employees of Bhilai Steel Plant at the inaugural function held at the HRD Centre, Y K Degan, ED (Works) in his address, said the work force of the Plant work against all odds to produce products all 365 days in a year in variable temperatures and conditions.

“While the group would during their stay learn about the steel-making process at Bhilai, we too shall value your feedback,’’ he said. Outlining the expectations of the group from the study visit, N Lalwani, Course Director, IRICEN, Pune dwelt on the partnership between Indian Railways and SAIL. “We are here to learn how iron ore is converted to steel, and further into blooms and cast into rails,’’ he stated.

RK Sinha, GM, Rail Structural Mill of the BSP, said, “rail manufacturing is a complex process. We produce rails through the Converter route, whereby clean steel of high quality is produced”.  He explained the different products of the existing Rail and Structural Mill and also shared details of the upcoming Universal Rail Mill, through which the Plant will be able to produce 520 metre long rails.

Uma Raman, a senior official of the BSP,  in his address dwelt upon the reciprocal relationship between BSP & Indian Railways. Both are customers and suppliers for each other. BSP is not only supplying rails, but also a wide range of other steel products including plates to the Railways. Earlier, welcoming the ten-member group, CR Rishi, GM (HRD) said with BSP being the sole suppliers of rails to Indian Railways, BSP and Indian Railways co-exist in our economy and are partners in our nation’s growth.