The Hindu reported that Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee has announced its decision to organise a blockade at all the seven gates of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited’s Visakhapatnam Steel Plant on 30 September 2021 to oppose central government’s decision to open the bids for appointment of ‘Transaction Adviser’ and ‘Legal Adviser’ to go ahead with the strategic sale of VSP. Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee leaders said that they would not allow anyone to come and inspect the plant or prepare an estimate. The blockade is announced to stop any such moves by the central government. They called upon all workers to participate in the blockade.Meanwhile, the relay hunger strike by the workers at the Steel Plant arch, near Kurmannapalem, continued for the 230th day on 29 September 2021. Employees of SMS-I participated in the hunger strike.