With a disinvestment target of raising Rs.72,000 crore this fiscal, the government is all set to rule Dalal Street with Rs.18,000 crore worth of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs).
Building entire villages made of prefabricated steel, large steel silos to store food grains across the country and increase in steel components in highways, flyovers, bridges, automobiles and aviation can stimulate domestic demand for the metal, according to experts from the steel industry.
SAIL's Durgapur steel plant has taken up modernisation at a cost of Rs 2,875 crore. The modernisation includes advanced pollution control measures etc. After the completion of the ongoing modernisation and expansion programme, the capacity of Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) would be enhanced to 2.12 million tonne of saleable steel from the current level of 1.60 mt.
As the government prepares to divest PSUs and raise Rs 54,000 crore, it will simultaneously urge PSUs to invest in infrastructure projects. While this is a smart move to reinvigorate the stranded sector, the irony of public sector investment in private side of equity is not lost. While they stare at a disappointing year for PSUs on the stock exchanges, what has galvanised many of these mammoth organisations that have transformed these custodians of public money into vibrant, corporate and profit