PRAYAGRAJ: Preparations have started to set up the first distillery of the district at Derabari village of Bara block of Prayagraj. The distillery, which would be spread on an area spanning 40 acres of land in the village, is being established by Mahakaushal Agricorp India Private Limited of Jabalpur.
Besides the distillery, the firm is also setting up an electricity power plant of 3 MW capacity. The special feature of the power plant is that husk instead of coal will be used to generate electricity. The electricity generated in the plant will be used in the distillery while the surplus will be given to the electricity department.
Around Rs 250 crore will be spent on the construction of both distillery and power plant. “Preparations have started to set up both the plants on 40 acres of land in Derabari village of Bara tehsil located around 37 km in trans-Yamuna area of the Prayagraj district. While the power plant will have the capacity of 3 MW of electricity, the distillery will have the capacity of 80,000 kilolitre per day,” said Rakesh Jaiswal, the owner of the company setting up the plant, while talking to TOI over phone. He said that a power generation unit would be set up to run the distillery. “All the necessary formalities have been completed for setting up both the units. The construction of both the plants is expected to be completed within the next two years,” he added.
Officials said that sugarcane for this distillery will come from the sugarcane growing belt of Western UP. This would be a molasses/grain-based distillery and the proposed plant will either run on 100% molasses or 100% grain, depending on the availability of raw material (only one at a time, either molasses or grain).
The sugarcane husk waste generated from it will be used in the power plant. As many as 300 people will get direct employment in both these units, they added.
The distillery plant will cause zero liquid discharge. A sewage treatment plant of 25 KLD capacity will also be installed. The distillery will also be expanded in future as per need and demand of its products. The plan is also to motivate local farmers here to grow sugarcane in their fields that can be supplied to the distillery, they added.
“Sugarcane was once one of the major crop of not only Prayagraj but also of the neighbouring Kaushambi and we hope that with our distillery finally starting the production in next two years, the farmers of these areas would again switch over to this profitable crop,” said Jaiswal.





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