Union Minister for Steel & Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar paid a visit to Visvesvaraya Iron & Steel Plant unit of Steel Authority of India Limited on 21.08.2015. Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister for Chemical & Fertilizer, Shri Yediyurappa, Member of Parliament, Shri Ayanur Manjunath, MP (Rajyasabha), Shri M.J. Appaji, M.L.A, Bhadravati, Shri B.Y. Raghavendra, Ex. MP and present MLA, Shikaripura accompanied the minister.
In his address, Shri Tomar said, “The Ministry is trying to ensure availability of raw material to VISL and once that is done, the government intends to revive VISL by modernization and expansion of its facilities with an investment of Rs. 1000 crore. However, this investment will be subject to recommendations of the consultant and approval by SAIL board. We shall try to expedite the whole process. For raw material security, steps will be taken by the state govt. to allot 140 Ha at NEB range Sandur Taluk, Bellary district to VISL, as soon as the case pending in High court is settled. I have held two meetings with Hon’ble Chief Minister, Karnataka and raised the issue of allotment of mines including 240 Ha of iron ore mines, in the Ramanadurga area to SAIL, VISL for iron ore security. The CM assured to actively consider the matter on priority basis.”
Earlier the visit commenced with garlanding of the statue of Sir M. Visvesvaraya situated in the plant premises, followed by visit to the Steel Plant. The visiting dignitaries also met representatives of executive association and employee unions. Their main demand was that SAIL should make investment to revive the VISL Steel Plant.
This is the maiden visit of Union Minister for Steel & Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar to Visvesvaraya Iron & Steel Plant, Bhadravati. V.I.S.L started operation in the year 1923 and was established by Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. The plant is a pioneer in the production of alloy & Special steels. The plant has a wide customer base which includes defence, railways, automobile, engineering sector and tool making industry.