Though the Sanjivani sugar factory at Dharbandora was making efforts to commence the annual sugarcane crushing season, the delay in complying with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) guidelines and a technical snag in the factory’s vapor line has pushed the cane crushing season into uncertainty.
Neither officials of the factory nor the farmers are certain as to when the task of sugarcane crushing will begin.
According to sources in the factory, installation of online continuous monitoring system for effluent and stack emissions will take two more days and after that, filing of compliance report and inspection until final nod from the CPCB will take four more days.
“The machinery required to be installed has reached and the engineers have also arrived. Hence, the installation process will start from Saturday and it will be completed by Monday. After that, it will take around four to five days to get final nod from the CPCB to go ahead with sugarcane crushing,” said a staff member of the factory on condition of anonymity.
Water tests conducted by the factory recently had exposed leakages to the vapor line, putting the factory’s technical team on the back foot.
According to the factory engineer, it will take a day or two to repair the line considering the size of the pipe.
“It is 32 inches diameter pipeline that has developed leakage on the curve end and to repair it, engineers from Belgaum have arrived. The repair and welding work of the line has already started, but it will take a day or two to complete it,” the engineer stated.
Following the repair work, the factory will have to run another water test to ensure no leakages are there to the line and then, the crushing activity will commence.
On the other hand, farmers, who had started harvesting cane from Tuesday, have unloaded around 800 metric tonnes of sugarcane in the factory premises till date. Daily around 250 metric tonnes of cane, harvested from various parts of the state, is being transported to the factory, informed sources.
Though the farmers have already started harvesting the cane, while the crushing activity has got delayed, there will not be any impact on the farmers’ income, stated factory officials. The sugarcane is weighed and, based on it, the farmers get the rates per tonnes. According to the officials, harvested sugarcane can last for 10 to 15 days.