IPL to invest about 300 crore on sugar plant in Bihar

IPL to invest about 300 crore on sugar plant in Bihar

New Delhi: Fertiliser company Indian Potash Ltd (IPL) today said it will invest about 300 crore to set up a sugar plant and distillery in Bihar.

At present, IPL has five sugar plants in Uttar Pradesh (UP) with a total crushing capacity of 12,000 tonnes of cane per day.

“We will establish a sugar plant in Muzaffarpur district, in Bihar, along with a distillery to produce Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), with an investment of 280 crore," IPL managing director P S Gahlaut said.

The company will soon start construction work on the sugar and distillery plant in Bihar, he added.

“While the sugar plant will have a capacity of 3,500 tonnes of cane crushed per day, the distillery will produce 45,000 litres per day," Gahlaut said.

During the last fiscal, IPL established four sugar plants in UP, taking its total plants in the state to five. The company’s sugar plants are situated at Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Lucknow and two at Gorakhpur.

“The total investment made by the company on the sugar plants in UP is around 280-300 crore," he noted.

At present, the total sugar producing capacity of the company is around 12,000 tonnes of cane per day (TCD), which would reach 18,000-20,000 TCD after the Bihar plants becomes operational and with further capacity addition in the next three years, Gahlaut added.

According to Gahlaut, the company is focusing on eastern UP and Bihar, which have so far been lagging in terms of sugar production.

“Our focus is on East UP and Bihar, as these areas have good scope for development and we expect that our investments here will pay rich dividend in the future," he noted.

IPL, which is a major importer of fertilisers, imported around 9.4 million tonnes of fertilisers in the last fiscal.