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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 31.05.2021):

Silos constructed: 10.625 LMT* (21 locations)

Under Construction: 10.625 LMT (21 locations)

Further awarded: 8.5 LMT (at 17 locations)

Awarded to State Govt. on nomination: 1.00 LMT (1 location)

Locations approved by High Level Committee (HLC) for Hub & Spoke: 35.875 LMT (100 locations)

Locations to be identified: 18.275 LMT

Rice Silos to be implemented in future: 15.10 LMT

Total100.00 LMT


*Operationalization of 5 Locations 2.875 LMT capacity commenced without railway siding out of which one location at Bhattu has partially completed for a capacity of 0.375 LMT out of 0.5 LMT 


Further, construction of rice silos as pilot project is being undertaken by FCI at Buxar and Kaimur (Bihar) for which work is underway (12500 MT Rice silo at each location).