WB, Goa, UP didn't support UMSP: Verma

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 12:50 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 22 (IBNS) Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma on Thursday said states like Gujarat, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Kerala and West Bengal have not supported the concept of setting up of Ultra Mega Steel Plants (UMSP) in the country.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Verma said the main facilities required for setting up of steel plants are land, iron ore linkage, coking coal, power, water, etc.

"These are either under the purview of other Ministries of Government of India such as Ministry of Mines, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Environment & Forests or the concerned State Governments. However, the response from State Governments on the concept of UMSP have not been encouraging," Verma said.

"Ministry of Steel does not have any regulatory or statutory powers in this regard. It acts basically as a facilitator or coordinator. In view of the response of the State Governments, the implementation of the concept of UMSP has not been found feasible," he said.

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