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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 14.10.2020):

Silos constructed: 8.25 LMT* (16 locations)

Under Construction: 9.00 LMT (18 locations)

Further awarded: 11.50 LMT (at 23 locations)

Under tender process/Awarded to State Govt.: 3.50 LMT (6 locations)

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

Locations to be identified: 16.775 LMT

Rice Silos to be implemented after outcome of pilot project: 15.10 LMT

Total:100 LMT

*Operationalization of 0.5 LMT capacity at Patiala and 1 LMT capacity at Sangrur has commenced without railway siding.

Pilot projects for construction of steel silos for rice are also being undertaken at Kaimur and Buxar in Bihar.