"Presently, 23 steel projects are pending due to grant of Environment Clearance out of which 2 steel projects are from Maharashtra," Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
“Steel is a de-regulated sector and government plays the role of a facilitator. As and when the project proponents approach the ministry, the matter is taken up with the authorities concerned to expedite it,” he added.
As per the data presented by the minister before the House, Shree Uttam Steel & Power Ltd's expansion of the steel plant from 1.5 to 3 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) at Sawantwadi taluk in Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra is pending on account of delay in environment clearance.
In August this year, Shree Uttam Steel and Power, which is promoted by the Miglani family, said it has inked a pact with steel giant Posco to do a feasibility study to set up a 3 MTPA integrated steel plant in Maharashtra.

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