Punjab: Biogas plant to be set up in closed sugar mill

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Chandigarh: Punjab government is taking steps to revive the closed sugar mills. The state government plans to set up a biogas plant in a closed sugar mill to help its revival. At the initial phase, Indian oil will set up a compressed biogas plant worth Rs 180 crore at the Rakhra sugar mill in Patiala. The decision has been taken by Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa in presence of high-level officials from the Indian Oil.

Randhawa said, “The project with help revival of close sugar mill by using their premises. The paddy straw will be used for biogas production that will be procured from farmers through cooperative societies which will strengthen the cooperative movement at the grassroots level.”

Chief general manager of the Indian Oil, Shantanu Gupta, and the deputy general manager (Alternate Energy), Bijay Kumar were present on the occasion. They informed that the project will produce 30 tonnes of gas daily and 100 tonnes of natural manure. The farmers residing in the radius of 20-km will be benefitted from the plant as it will be easy for them to sell the paddy straw to the plant.

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