KARACHI: After hitting an all-time high of Rs139,500-142,500 per tonne in the 3rd week of January, the price of steel bar have decreased to Rs132,500-135,000, building contractors stated on Wednesday.
Arif Jeeva, a previous chairman of the Organization of Builders as well as Developers, stated the costs are still high and the federal government must take action for providing economical real estate to lower-middle course.
Manufacturers have actually been pushing up the steel rebar prices from Nov 2020 blaming costly steel scrap on globe market. Costs were hovering between Rs110,000-113,000 per tonne.
As per information of the Pakistan Bureau of Data, the typical per tonne cost of imported iron and also steel scrap throughout 7MFY21 dove to $356 from $390.
Total iron and also steel scrap imports swelled to 3.116 m tonnes costing $1.110 bn to the exchequer in 7MFY21 as compared to 2.443 m tonnes valuing $953m in 7MFY20.
The ordinary cost of imported scrap rose to $370 per tonne from $353 in Dec 2020.
Imports in Jan 2021 somewhat was up to 435,458 tonnes ($161m) as compared to 473,875 tonnes ($167m) in Dec 2020.
Steel bar rates swelled sharply at once when Prime Minister Imran Khan is determined to supply low-cost housing for the masses.
The share of steel bars in total construction price of a skyscraper project floats in between 40-45 percent, while in the housing project it is around 15-20pc.
In Dec 2020, the prime minister had formed a committee making up industries minister, FBR chairman, chairman of the Naya Pakistan Housing Development Authority and the private sector stakeholders to explore rising steel bar costs and also come up with a service.