New Delhi: Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL) are executing modernization and expansion plan to augment their hot metal capacity to 23.1 MTPA and 7.3 MTPA, respectively by fiscal 2016-17, Parliament was informed on Monday.

“SAIL and RINL are executing modernisation and expansion plan aimed at increasing their hot metal capacity to 23.1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) and 7.3 MTPA, respectively by 2016-17," mines and steel minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in a reply to Lok Sabha.

PSUs—SAIL, RINL and NMDC—are in the process of implementing significant expansion in the crude/finished steel capacities in their respective brown field/greenfield locations, the minister said.

NMDC, he said, is constructing a 3 MTPA greenfield integrated steel plant in Chhattisgarh and the project is in construction stage. While, SAIL has eight steel plants in states such as West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, RINL is operating one steel plant in Andhra Pradesh, he said.