Pune: Maharashtra sugar commissionerate has penalized 11 sugar mills for starting operations without obtaining a crushing license. It is mandatory for sugar mills to get a license from the sugar commissionerate to start crushing operations during every season.
According to the news report published in Indianexpress.com, together, the mills have attracted a fine of Rs 41. 52 crore.
As per the rules, the commissioner is entitled to impose fine up to Rs 500 per tonne of cane crushed if the mill is operating without obtaining a license.
According to the Indian Sugar Mills Association, in Maharashtra, 181 sugar mills, which are in operation, have produced 51.55 lakh tonnes till 15th January, 2021, as against 139 sugar mills which had produced 25.51 lakh tonnes last year upto same period. This is 26.04 lakh tonnes higher as compared to last season’s production for the corresponding period.