New Sponge Iron Industries


The details of State/Union Territory wise number of sponge iron plants operational during FY 2020-21 in the country, including Uttar Pradesh are as following:-

State/Union Territory wise details of Indian Sponge Iron Industry, 2020-21

State/Union-territory No of Units
Andhra Pradesh 6
Chhattisgarh 69
Goa 3
Gujarat 10
Jharkhand 24
Karnataka 35
Maharashtra 7
Odisha 76
Tamil Nadu 6
Telangana 9
Uttar Pradesh 4
West Bengal 36
TOTAL  285
Source: Joint Plant Committee (JPC)


The total employment in the domestic sponge iron industry stood at about 85,000 during 2020-21 (Source: JPC).

Steel being a deregulated sector, specific decisions regarding setting up of the sponge iron industries are taken by individual steel companies/investors based on commercial considerations and market dynamics.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Steel Shri Ram Chandra Prasad Singh in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.