Indian officials have recently expanded the specifications of steel used for road and bridge construction by proposing a different solution for non-blast furnace rolling mills.
Initially, the steel purchased by the state was to be produced directly from iron ore. Rolled metal and steel semi-finished products made from scrap metal or direct reduced iron (DRI) are not accepted as raw materials. Rolling mills with non-blast furnaces expressed dissatisfaction, believing that these rules are beneficial only to blast furnaces.
After hearing industry suggestions, officials decided to expand procurement standards for steel made from iron ore, ingots, pellets, or scrap steel. The official mentioned that regardless of the production method and raw materials used, finished steel products will be accepted if they meet government standards.