Public sector Undertaking Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has planned to produce Head Hardened (HH) rails for the Indian Railways in the current fiscal, according to its chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary.
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HH rails are mechanically improved rails which can bear 50 per cent higher pressure in comparison to normal rails. SAIL has set up a plant for the production of HH rails at its Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) in Chhattisgarh, and the trials for the same have been completed, Chaudhary said.
“Though the commissioning of the facility has got delayed on account of COVID-19 pandemic, the company is planning to commence commercial production of the Head Hardened Rails during the current financial year as per the requirement of Indian Railways,” the chairman told PTI while responding to a query.
The chairman also said that Indian Railways is moving towards higher axle load rails and higher speed and recently required R 260 grade rails for the same. In July 2020, the company successfully dispatched the first batch of special R 260 grade vanadium alloyed rails to meet the essential quantity. It is worth noting that the Indian railways had, in the budget of 2016-17, identified 9 high-speed corridors to raise the speed of passenger trains to 160/200 KMPH and stated 6 other corridors for high-speed rail connectivity to major metros of the country.
Recently, SAIL has set up a new universal rail mill (URM) at a cost of about Rs 1,200 crore, as part of its modernization programme for Bhilai Steel Plant, to produce different types of rails.
“We are Indian Railways’ one of the most trusted partners. We have supplied railway tracks to IR which, if measured, can circumnavigate the earth more than twelve times,” Chaudhary said further.
“BSP produces the cleanest rail steel in the world with hydrogen content below 1.6 ppm at Tundish level. Equipped with secondary refining units, the steel melting shops at Bhilai Steel Plants can produce a wide variety of steel. SAIL is now in a position to meet the entire requirement for rails of Indian Railways and further strengthen the partnership with IR,” the company said.