India’s First Stainless Steel FOB Opens at Naupada Junction

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NAUPADA (Metro Rail News): Jindal Stainless has supplied stainless steel for India’s first ever Stainless Steel Pedestrian Bridge (FOB) which is being inaugurated in Naupada, Andhra Pradesh. With this, the company launched its premium and most cost-effective stainless steel for structural applications, namely Jindal Durasafe. This modern FOB was unveiled at a ceremony by the Divisional Director of Railways (DRM), Waltair Division, East Coast Railways, Mr. Anup Kumar Satpathy, along with senior management of Jindal Stainless, including the Director, Mr. Tarun Khulbe and Head of Sales, Mr. Rajeev Garg.

Jindal Stainless Managing Director, Mr. Abhyuday Jindal said, “This bridge ushers in an era of sustainable stainless steel infrastructure and Jindal Stainless is proud to partner with the railways on this momentous challenge. We are committed to providing tailor-made, corrosion-free and eco-friendly solutions for Indian climatic conditions, and enhancing the Atmanirbhar spirit of the Indian stainless steel industry.

DRM, Waltair Division, East Coast Railways, Mr. Anup Kumar Satpathy said, “India’s coastal railway infrastructure has long been marred by corrosion. We commend Jindal Stainless for developing the optimum quality of stainless steel to meet the challenge. The approval of the rating by RDSO reinforces our confidence in this choice. We look forward to bolstering India’s railway infrastructure with sustainable choices in the future as well.

In 2019, Indian Railways solicited proposals to renew FOBs in coastal areas, which have been plagued by a corrosion-prone environment, rising pollution levels and negligible maintenance. Jindal Stainless has developed the most cost effective and best performing stainless steel for structural applications – Jindal Durasafe, especially for coastal areas. The grade, IRS 350 CR, contains 10-12% chromium, a key ingredient in the fight against corrosion, and has been designed for zero maintenance, approximately 100 year life and life cycle cost and a reduced carbon footprint.

It comes in the form of plates, beams and channels. The company collaborated with RDSO (Research Designs & Standards Organization) and IIT Roorkee for testing, approval and quality approval, which ultimately led to its formalization for coastal rail infrastructure applications.

Jindal Stainless supplied all of the stainless steel requirements for the Naupada project, supplying 140 MT. The company completed the overall fabrication and installation of this FOB project in almost 5 months in coordination with Indian Railways and trusted manufacturers. With 50 years of industry experience, the company has diligently provided technical assistance, cost-effective stainless steel fabrication techniques like saw welding and spray painting, and served as a bridge between Railways, RDSO and Policymakers to develop tailor-made solutions for the Indian Railways.

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