SAIL Plan for Production of Head Hardened Rails Hit by COVID Wave
PTI reported that Steel Authority of India Ltd has postponed its plans to begin commercial production of head hardened rails at its Bhilai Steel Plant in Chhattisgarh, as the foreign experts involved in the trials left India in the wake of the second Covid wave in April for their respective countries. SAIL said "The entire process was going on with the help and support of foreign experts but it had to be postponed mid way due to the second wave of pandemic. The work will resume as soon as the situation is conducive for experts to return."
Earlier, SAIL was looking to start commercial production of head hardened tracks in the 2020-21 fiscal. SAIL said that cold commissioning of head hardened rails has been done and hot trials were taken in March this year.
Head hardened tracks are special tracks used in high-speed cargo lanes and subway tracks. Such rails are manufactured using the head hardening technology to carry about 50% higher pressure compared to normal rails. SAIL has set up facilities for the production of head hardened tracks at the new Universal Rail Mill at its Bhilai steel plant in Chhattisgarh.