New Delhi, March 2 (Localwire): The Rourkela Steel Plant has bagged a certificate of appreciation from Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh for its initiative to reduce production time of BOBS wagons during an award function at the national capital, the company said on Saturday.
SAIL chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary and Rourkela Steel Plant CEO Dipak Chattaraj received the honors at the Prime Minister’s Trophy Award function on Friday.
The Rourkela plant is the only public sector steel unit to bag the award since it was instituted in 2016-17.
The plant’s 74% of iron ore demand (3.79 million tons) was brought by BOBS rakes through railways during 2016-17, the company said in a press release.
The rakes are brought by railways to the exchange yard at Bondamunda, about 4 km from the plant. Any delay on this front leads to payment of a very high demurrage to the railways.
The plant was able to do a commendable job of unloading, closing of doors and returning the wagon in 2 hours on an average.
With this the total turnaround time was recorded at 4.78 hours on an annualised average, which is best among all major steel plants in India, with zero derailment and zero accident, the press added.