Dhaka, Bangladesh
Upgradation still remain a distant dream

Thakurgaon Sugar Mill

Upgradation still remain a distant dream

News Desk THAKURGAON, Oct 11: The upgradation of Thakurgaon Sugar Mills continues to remain as a distant dream despite elapsing five years since approval of this development project. One of the reasons behind this delay was the complexities in appointing a construction firm to initiate the construction works of this project, only five kilometers away from the district town, insiders disclosed. Bangladesh Sugar and Food Industries Corporation (BSFIC) under the Ministry of Industries was supposed to implement the project at a cost of Tk 101.53 crore by June 2016, Engineer SM Abdur Rashid, director of the project, told UNB. The project was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) in 2013-2014 fiscal year, aiming to boost the production capacity of the mill. Later, the deadline of the project was extended by two years till June 2018. At the beginning of the current fiscal year, the project was extended by another year till June 2019 for the third time, raising the project cost to Tk 411.10 crore from Tk 101.54 crore. BSFIC sources said two tenders were floated in September and November 2017 for appointing a contractor, but there has been no progress in this direction. BSFIC, preferred to upgrade the factory's capacity using machinery from any European country instead of India or China-made products, but there has been no response as yet since the tender was floated. Under the project, An initiative was taken to produce refined sugar in the project alongside normal one through diversification to turn the mill into a profitable company by producing beet sugar, rectified spirit, biogas, and bio-compost. The company also includes power generation from renewable energy through co-generation to supply to the national grid after meeting the demand of the mill. Ramesh Chandra Sen, the MP of Thakurgaon-1 constituency, pointing out existing situation said, "Once the project is implemented, the income of the mill will go up substantially reducing the expenditure of sugar production by producing refined sugar." Set up in 1958, Thakurgaon Sugar Mill is now trapped with mounting problems resulting in widespread management crises according to informed sources. '. (Inputs taken from UNB)

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