New Delhi, Oct 12 (PTI) Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh today asked state-run consultancy firm Mecon to make all possible efforts to commission the 3 million tonne per annum (mtpa) steel plant of NMDC in Chhattisgarh at the earliest.

“As the key project consultant for NMDC’s Nagarnar steel plant, Mecon must put in all efforts to commission the steel plant at the earliest,” the steel minister said during a mid- year review meeting with top brass of the PSU.

The minister said the firm should be abreast with the latest technologies and developments.

“Diversification for topline improvement can be done but Mecon must give due attention to its primary mandate of enabling growth of manufacturing, innovation and technology in India,” the minister said.

The meeting was attended by Steel Secretary Aruna Sharma and senior officials from the ministry and Mecon.

The minister said that state-run consultancy firm can also play a significant role in enhancing steel consumption in India by working on steel-intensive structures and exhibiting the advantages of using steel in buildings and other structures.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.