Haryana to construct steel silos for PDS foodgrains

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Chandigarh | June 30, 2016 5:41 PM

Karan Dev Kamboj said that the Central Govt has fixed a target to construct steel silos of 9.5 lakh tonnes capacity in the state.

 (PTI)Karan Dev Kamboj said the FCI had already called the tenders for constructing three lakh tonnes silos. (PTI)

Steel silos having capacity of 9.5 lakh tonnes would be constructed in the state to ensure safety of foodgrain to be distributed under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

Haryana Minister for Food and Supplies Karan Dev Kamboj said here today that the Central Government has fixed a target to construct steel silos of 9.5 lakh tonnes capacity in the state.

Out of the total, 5 lakh tonnes capacity steel silos would be created by the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

FCI would create a capacity of three lakh tonnes steel silos in the first phase and two lakh tonnes in second.

The minister added the remaining 4.5 lakh tonnes steel silos would be constructed by the state government. These silos would be constructed in public private partnership mode.

Kamboj said the FCI had already called the tenders for constructing three lakh tonnes silos.

He said a committee has been constituted for detailed discussion on all aspects of construction of these silos. After getting its report, the Department would start the construction work.

“Storage godowns were constructed by previous governments as per old system, which caused heavy loss of foodgrains in the state. Now, these silos would be constructed keeping in view all aspects of latest technique,” he added.

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