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ISSDA advocates the adoption of global infrastructural standards by using stainless steel in construction

Mar 11,2019

The apex industry body, Indian Stainless Steel Development Association (ISSDA), by using stainless steel for buildings and infrastructure construction has advocated the adoption of global infrastructural standards. In a seminar organized on Stainless Steel for Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure in the Kolkata, ISSDA brought together different stakeholders who discussed various aspects of stainless steel applications for long-lasting and maintenance-free public infrastructure.

 

Rohit Kumar ISSDA's executive director commenting on the occasion, said: Kolkata, widely regarded as the City of Joy and the Cultural Capital of India, is home to a large number of heritage buildings and grand colonial architecture. However, incidents like the collapse of old bridges and flyovers disrupt life in the city, along with imposing heavy financial losses."

 

"Most materials used in the construction of such bridges and flyovers are prone to corrosion and require frequent maintenance, and Kolkatas proximity to the sea only adds to this problem. Stainless steel comes in as the savior for building maintenance-free bridges and flyovers, he added.

 

Coastal areas face higher chances of corrosion, which is one of the major problems plaguing public infrastructure. The likes of Jindal Stainless Group and Salem (SAIL) are expected to play a crucial role in mobilizing stainless steel usage not just in such coastal areas, but also around the country.

 

With a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8-9% over the last decade, India is the second largest and the fastest growing market for stainless steel. The per capita consumption of stainless steel in India is about 2 kg, compared to the world average of around 6 kg. At present, Indias total stainless steel melt production stands at around 3.6 million tonnes for both long and flat products.

 

On the occasion, Joint Secretary, Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Govt. of West Bengal, Sourav Chaki; Housing Commissioner & Chief Engineer PWD, Govt. of West Bengal, Shyamal Kumar Biswas, and Director General, Institute of Steel Development & Growth, Sushim Banerjee were present.