This golden chance to improve the prestige and image of US foreign aid was missed by the Americans when their Senate refused to collaborate with the Bokaro Plant.
However, the Americans blame Krishna Menon more than the Indian Ambassador in Washington for it.
They say, it was this sharp-tongued “fellow-traveller” who made it impossible for them to think about Bokaro at that time.
So Bokaro was started in 1964 with Soviet help.
At first it was declared that the first stage of the plant would be ready by 1967 which was later extended to 1971. Now it is sure that that it would not be ready until June 1972.
(Note: Bokaro Steel Plant started its first blast furnace in 1972.)
Excerpts from Enlite 16 August 1969