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Sugar factory to commence 'unofficial' operations on Monday


PONDA: Amid directives from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) prohibiting the factory from operating without an online pollution monitoring system in place, the Sanjivani Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana at Dharbandora will ‘unofficially’ begin its 46th sugarcane crushing season from Monday.
A team from Bengaluru, which specialises in installing online pollution monitoring systems, has arrived at the factory and is expected to get the mechanism up and running in a couple of days, officials said. The factory’s administrator, Damodar Morajkar, on Thursday also sought technical know-how of the system from Goa State Pollution Control Board chairman, Ganesh Shetgaonkar.
Sources within the factory said that Morajkar has instructed staff to prepare for the new crushing season from Monday. Around 150 tonnes of sugarcane cultivated at the factory’s farm are expected to be crushed at the inauguration. Trial runs of machinery at the factory were conducted for 14 hours on Thursday, from 6am to 8pm, sources said.
While confirming that the pollution monitoring system was being set up at the sugar factor, Shetgaonkar told TOI the unit would officially begin operations only once the installation was complete. “The CPCB will revoke its order only after verifying the online system at Sanjivani,” he said.
The central pollution body had red-flagged the state’s lone sugar factory for not installing a continuous emission monitoring system, which costs around Rs 45 lakh, and a continuous effluent system, which costs between Rs 14 and 15 lakh.