The Samajwadi Party government plans to set up a new sugar mill at the cost of nearly Rs 400 crore in party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s parliamentary constituency Azamgarh. The proposed mill will be set up on the land of cooperative sugar mill which has been lying defunct for the past decade.

A proposal for setting up the new sugar mill by Uttar Pradesh Cooperative Sugar Mill Federation (UPCSMF) has been sent to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for final clearance. “The proposal has been prepared due to the keen interest of Chief Minister Akhilesh. The new sugar mill will be set up at Sathiaon in Azamgarh,” a senior official told The Sunday Express.

The last sugar mill set up in cooperative sector in the state was in 1990 at Najibabad in Bijnore. Since then no initiative has been taken for setting up new sugar mill.

At present, there are 28 sugar mills, 23 of which are in operation, under the cooperative sector in the state. Since, 2012, two sugar mills have been revived — Puwayan in Shahjahanpur and Muhiuddin in Meerut, owned by UP Sugar Mill Cooperation. ]

According to the official, the defunct sugar mill of UPCSMF will be dismantled and the land will be utilised to set up a new sugar mill. As per the proposal, the sugar mill will also have a distillery unit and co-generation power plant. The land at the closed mill has been found sufficient for setting up a new sugar mill. The defunct mill had crushing capacity of only 12,500 quintal of sugarcane per day, which is not viable in present circumstances, the official said, adding that the proposed mill will have crushing capacity of at least 35,000 quintal per day.

Sources said said the preliminary survey of the site was carried out by senior officials on September 23. The adjoining villages, which will provide sugarcane to the mill, were also surveyed and the officials held meeting with the villagers for their response. A report in this regard has been submitted to the Chief Minister.

At present, villagers from districts including Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Ghazipur and even Ballia take their sugarcane to Akbarpur in Ambedkarnagar district for crushing at Balrampur Chini Mill Group’s mill. Another cooperative sugar mill at Ghosi is also operational.

source: indianexpress

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