Apart from its efforts around the steel city here, Tata Steel is planning similar forays in Orissa and in some of the north-eastern states like Assam, Tripura, Sikkim, etc. Goa is another state the steel company is currently trying to sell its housing idea.
Mr S K Seal, chief, rural marketing, Tata Steel, told reporters at the site of one such low-cost steel-house in village Betakocha, around 16 kms from Jamshedpur that compared to conventional steel-concrete houses where consumption of steel was around 1.1 kg per sq. feet, in the steel house, the consumption was to the tune of around 4.75 kg per square feet.
The houses, which come in different modules ranging from 100 sq.ft to 600 sq. ft., take on an average around 20 days for the fabricator to put up. Their construction cost worked out to Rs 200-225 per square feet. Tata Steel has been planning to give a big thrust to consumption of steel in both housing and other applications. The per capita annual consumption of steel in India is only 24 kg compared to around 120 kg/year in China.
Apart from its six-member rural marketing set-up, Tisco has has formed a new group called steel construction group from November 1.