In Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister for Science and Technology, flagged off the dispatch of 1,600 metric tons of processed steel slag railway rack from Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur plant to BRO’s ‘Project Arunank’.
In his virtual opening address, Singh declared that India had entered the “age of steel roads”.
CSIR-CRRI is carrying out this project in collaboration with Tata Steel and BRO, in which processed steel slag aggregate, a by-product of the steel manufacturing process, will be used to construct steel slag road stretches in strategic locations.
Over 118 million tonnes of crude steel are produced in India each year, making it the second largest producer in the world. Approximately 20% of steel slag is generated as solid waste, and its disposal poses a significant challenge to the steel industry. This solid waste will now be used in the construction of roads. Singh emphasized that this project is a perfect example of ‘waste to wealth’.