Bannari Amman Sugars Ltd is setting up a greenfield unit to manufacture white crystal sugar with a capacity of 3,750 TCD (tonnes crushed per day) with 25 Mw cogeneration plant using bagasse ô biomass in Mysore district at an investment of Rs 375 crore.
The Karnataka government has recently approved the company’s proposal, which also includes setting up 75 kilolitres per day (KLPD) distillery. The company would generate employment to about 416 persons in this plant.
The state high level clearance committee had issued in-principle clearance to the proposal in July this year.
The Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) would acquire 375 acres land at Chowdahalli
village of HD Kote taluk in Mysore district for the proposed project on 70 per cent consent basis, the government order said.
The state government is also providing 7 MLD of water from the Kabini river and 500 KVA initial power. The government would also provide concessions and incentives as per the industrial policy of the state. However, the company has been asked to obtain environmental clearance from the ministry of environment and forests, government of India and other clearances from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.
The company has also been asked to prepare a plan for development of human resources required for the project, train local people and provide employment to these trained local youth.
The government has also asked the company to provide employment to at least one member of the family of each land loser if the land is acquired through KIADB.
The government has also accorded approval to Manali Sugars Ltd to set up a unit to manufacture 2,500 TCD sugar mill with 10 Mw co-gen plant in Bijapur district at an investment of Rs 98.94 crore.
The plant is expected to generate employment for 221 persons. The plant would be set up at an area of 87 acres already existing with the company.
Karnataka is the third largest producer of sugar in the country and accounts for about 15 per cent of the country’s total sugar production this year. As many as 59 sugar mills crushed 33.61 million tonnes of sugarcane during the sugar year 2010-11 (October to September), showing a growth of 47.3 per cent over the previous year. During the year 2009-10 sugar season, the mills in the state had crushed 22.81 million tonnes of sugarcane, industry sources said.
Sugar production in Karnataka has hit an all-time high of 3.67 million tonnes during the sugar year, a growth of a whopping 49.3 per cent over the previous year. During the year 2009-10, mills in the state had produced 2.45 million tonnes.