Union Minister of State for Steel Faggan Singh Kulaste called on Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati on June 22.
Faggan Singh Kulaste while paying his first visit to the state after taking over the reign of office discussed several issues with the CM and took stock of the demand of steel in the state. Sonowal said that considering the ever-increasing requirement of steel in Northeast, a steel plant should be set up in Assam with central government support.
Sonowal stated that the entire Northeastern region uses more than six lakh metric ton of steel from Steel Authority of India ever year and considering the huge demand of steel, a steel plant should be set up in the state. He also said that the now defunct steel plant at a sprawling 100 acre land at Dogaon near Baihata Chariali in Kamrup district should be revived to feed the demand of the state.
Referring to the Advantage Assam: Global Investors’ Summit held in 2018 in Guwahati, Sonowal said that the summit witnessed inking of 240 MoUs involving an amount of Rs 79 thousand crore. Out of which an investment of Rs 52 thousand crore has already been made in different sectors.
The CM also said that considering the huge potential of trade and commerce, the territory of capital city has been expanded with notifying State Capital Region encompassing the adjoining areas of Guwahati.
He also said that a number of developments have been initiated on the infrastructural front in Assam and other Northeastern states. Sonowal also requested the Union minister to incorporate the agenda of a steel plant in Assam in the ministry’s 100 days agenda of work.
Kulaste assured that he would very positively look into setting up of a steel plant in Assam along with reviving the existing one.