Govt to Impose Five-Year Ban on New Sugar Mills in Marathwada
The Maharashtra government is likely to enforce a five-year ban on sanctioning new sugar mills in the drought-hit Marathwada region.
A core committee, headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis decided to ban new sugar mills in Marathwada, which comprises eight districts – Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Parbhani, Latur, Hingoli, Osmanabad and Nanded.
The government’s decision is in line with the recommendations of the Madhav Chitale committee, which was set up when the Congress-NCP government was in power. The panel had pointed out that sugarcane requires a large amount of water to cultivate. Of the 202 sugar mills in Maharashtra, 40 percent are in Marathwada region. Maharashtra accounts for 32 percent of the total sugar production in the country.Report in The Indian Express
In another decision to save water, the government has plans to make drip irrigation compulsory for all sugar mills across the state.