Actual work on the steel plant started plant slarted in January 1957. The first blast furnace was commissioned by the lattesr President Dr, Rajadea Prasad in December 1959. Durgapur is known outside basically due to Durgapur Steel Plant. It is one of the integrated steel plants of Steel Authority of India Limited. Durgapur Steel Plant was a showpiece of Indo-British cooperation in independent India.The steel plant is an extra brilliant piece of design and construction. It is one awesome thing to see in Durgapur. It is hard to imagine the scale of things that happen and lets you wonder how the heck all of this works together.