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Seven model villages on SAIL radar
- Steel giant plans to spend more than Rs 10 crore on project

Jamshedpur, May 18: Buoyed by the success of Kalta, the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has decided to develop seven more steel model villages in the current fiscal in Jharkhand.

SAIL officials said the villages would come up at Kiriburu, Meghataburu, Gua, Chiria, Bolani, Bhawnathpur and Bokaro.

The steel model village is a part of SAIL’s corporate social responsibility and the PSU plans to spend Rs 10 crore and more on developing the villages in the state.

An official spokesperson of SAIL A.K. Singh said the initiative for model steel village is undertaken by the company’s raw material division (RMD).

“The model steel village at Meghataburu is expected to be inaugurated in June this year. More than Rs 1 crore is being spent to develop the village at Baraiburu, close to the Meghataburu iron-ore mines. The infrastructure to be developed in that village would include roads with solar lamps on both sides, a community development centre, drinking water facilities through natural means and a host of revenue generation schemes,” he said.

According to him, the steel model village at Meghataburu would house an Indira Awas Colony with 24 concrete houses. Moreover, ponds would be dug at various places to promote fishery project. An orchard with a variety of fruit-bearing trees would be developed to promote employment to local youths.

The model steel village at Kalta inaugurated in March this year in Orissa can now boast of a steady supply of drinking water to every household, solar lamp-lit streets, a community hall-cum-vocational-training centre and self-employed youths.

The public sector enterprise had spent about Rs 1.30 crore to develop the necessary facilities at Kalta.

The steel major has been working in the social welfare sector for five decades now and has received accolades, including two national awards and also the CSR-FICCI annual award (2006-07), for outstanding achievement in rural and community development.

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