Union Minister Smriti Irani today said that the Steel Authority of India Limited's unit at Jagdishpur, which has been lying closed, will be made operational in some weeks. The Union Minister of Textiles and Information and Broadcasting who is on a two-day tour of Amethi, inspected the SAIL unit this evening. She told reporters that once the unit is made operational, it will give a new direction to regional development and also provide employment. Once this unit is operational, production of 1.5 lakh tonne TMT iron rods and 23,000 tonne crash barrier and sheets will commence, an official government release said. This will be a first-of-its-kind unit in Uttar Pradesh, it said. The union minister also took stock of preparations for an high-profile BJP event here tomorrow. She also met senior party leaders at Salon in Raebareli followed by her visits in Amethi and Musafirkhana. BJP chief Amit Shah and Irani will unveil a slew of projects in the Congress bastion at the event.