The shortlisted bidders will present their technical proposals before the selection committee on September 30.
Minister for Tourism Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao said all parties should sink their differences and join the agitation to protect the steel plant.
It is the highest ever cargo transfer for the Gangavaram port since its inception.
The plant which achieved Rs 1,253 crore operational profit last financial year, has earned an operational profit of around Rs 750 crore till now.
However, the Centre was behaving irresponsibly by saying that it would sell or close the plant.
Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL) complied PAT (perform, achieve and trade) second cycle energy targets set by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Union Ministry of Power.
Tata Steel CEO’s statement that the company is interested in acquiring RINL, drew sharp criticism from the Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee, which is spearheading the agitation.
Despite the inclement weather, the steel plant workers started gathering even before 8 am and joined the porata committee leaders who staged a sit-in.
As per the latest notification issued on Friday, the last date for submission of bids has been extended from August 17 to 26.
Visakha Ukku Parirakshana Porata Committee chairman D Adinarayana said the government should know the ground reality that it cannot sell the plant without the consent of the workers and people.
Committee leaders have decided to go on a tour of districts after August 17 to mobilise support and hold dharnas against the privatisation of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.
Steel plant employees' agitation against privatisation of VSP set to attract national attention in Delhi
Ukku Porata Committee chairman Ch Narasinga Rao said the two-day dharna in Delhi will highlight their resolve to resist privatisation of the steel plant.
Jatavath Lohith from Khammam has been distributing food to patients at dist headquarters hospital for the past one month.
Even as employees are gearing up for the Chalo Parliament agitation on August 2 and 3, the latest move of the Centre sparked instant protests at the steel plant.
‘CCEA gave in-principle nod to 100% disinvestment of govt stake in VSP after discussions’