How Can Indian Railways Service the Steel Sector Better?
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The focus of this paper is on how Indian Railways can service the steel sector better. The steel sector is a core sector, with railways playing a critical role in its logistics. The paper examines the changing industry structure and brings to light the increased need for transportation, as compared to normal planning processes. Traditionally, crude and finished steel making was done in the same location by big producers having integrated plants. Now the industry has a large number of producers who primarily focus on crude steel making or finished steel making, necessitating the need for transporting crude steel to finished steel makers. Even within finished steel making, there could be levels of value addition where the output of one finished steel maker could become the input for another. The papers examines the current issues in rail transport for the steel sector and proposes strategies for way forward under the dimensions of infrastructure, technology, and systems.
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