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Construction of Steel Silos

Government is implementing an action plan for construction of steel silos in the country for creation of 100 LMT capacity across the producing and consuming regions.

Steel silos with bulk handling facilities are a highly mechanized and modernized way for bulk storage of foodgrains. Silos not only ensure better preservation of foodgrains but also enhance their shelf-life. Foodgrains stored in silos are transported in bulk thereby minimizing losses due to theft and pilferage. Silos require approximately 1/3rd land as compared to conventional storage warehouses, can be operated round the clock which enhances flexibility and improves overall efficiency in storage, handling and transportation of foodgrains. As such, construction of silos would be beneficial to the nation as a whole besides, creating an efficient food supply chain-management system.

The progress of modernisation of storage facilities and construction of steel silos is as given below (up to 29.04.2020):
Silos created: 7.25 LMT (15 locations)
Under construction: 8.00 LMT (15 locations)
Further awarded: 12.00 LMT (at 24 locations)
Request for cancellation by private party: 1.50 LMT (3 locations)
Under tender action/to be re-tendered: 8.00 LMT (16 locations)
Locations approved by High Level Committee (HLC) for tendering: 30.50 LMT (35 locations)

Total: 65.75 LMT*

*15.50 LMT capacity awarded by Govt. of Punjab but subsequently cancelled and execution halted which is under litigation has been excluded.