Chennai, Nov 20 Five private sector sugar mills in Tamil Nadu and three standalone distilleries have been allowed to expand their alcohol production capacities, according to sources in the know.
Apart from being the single largest distillery expansion permitted by the State Government in the last decade, the move is significant in that it will address two key issues for sugar mills, say industry sources.
Increased alcohol output would mean surplus available to start the ethanol-blended petrol programme, which represents an additional revenue source for the mills; and increased use of molasses, which piles up every time there is a bumper sugarcane crop, as for instance, in the current year. Molasses build up is a serious environmental concern for the mills.
Through an order issued last week, the State Government allowed three distilleries linked to sugar mills and three stand-alone distilleries to increase their output by 30 kilolitres a day each.
The sugar mills are: Dharani Sugars and Chemicals Ltd, Sakthi Sugars and EID Parry (India) Ltd. The three stand-alone distilleries are Mohan Breweries and Distilleries Ltd, Southern Agrifurane Industries Ltd and Bhavani Distilleries and Chemicals Ltd.
Two sugar mills, Bannari Amman Sugars and Rajshree Sugars and Chemicals, have been allowed to expand their distilleries by 12.80 kl and 15 kl a day.
There are 14 distilleries in the State with the monthly output at about 1.5 crore litres a month.
This would increase to about 2.20 crore litres once the expansion comes on line.
The State Government has said in the order that the output from the distilleries is inadequate to meet the requirements.
Annual production of alcohol is over 19 crore litres with the estimates for the ethanol-blended-fuel programme – at five per cent blending – at about six crore litres a year.
Also, the Central Government has announced that the blending percentage would soon increase to 10 per cent.
Last year, the sugar mills had contracted with oil companies to supply ethanol at Rs 21.50 a litre.
But the programme did not take off because of concerns on availability of alcohol. In Tamil Nadu, the alcohol needed to produce Indian made foreign liquor is about 10-12 crore litres and mounting.
According to official figures, in 2006-07, the revenue to the State Government from excise and sales tax on liquor grew by 23 per cent to Rs 7,473.62 crore against Rs 6,030 crore in the previous year.
The trend is holding in 2007-08, with the revenue for the four months between April and July being Rs 2,851.02 crore representing a potential income of more than Rs 8,500 crore for the year.
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|jan 11 2009 0530 hrs IST , Chennai|
The growing 'westerinisation' of Indian culture has resulted in a 60 per cent increase in alcohol intake among youths in the country, especially among those staying in college hostels, according to a recent ASSOCHAM survey.
The survey under ASSOCHAM'S Social Development Foundation indicated that alcohol intake in youths between the 19 to 26 age group in hostels has registered a whopping 60 per increase over the years.
Major cities and towns where respondents were interviewed by ASDF were Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad among others. The findings said that rural families spend 27 per cent of their income on alcohol, while the urban population spends 38 per cent.
As far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, sources in TASMAC (Tamil Nadu Marketing Sales Corporation) said the state ranks third in consumption after Punjab and Andhra Pradesh.In volume terms, the state tops the list as a result of higher taxes, they said.
Alcohol sales in the state from 2004 to 2008 have registered a 61 per cent increase. Brandy is the most preferred liquor for people, followed by rum and whisky. In 2007-2008, total sales in Tamil Nadu touched an all time high with TASMAC selling 3,08,57,263 cases, compared to 1,91,70,448 in 2004-2005, an increase of 60.9 per cent.
There has also been a steady increase in average sales per month. In 2007-2008, liquor sales was 25,71,439 cases, compared to 15,97,537 cases in 2004-2005, a 60.9 per cent increase.
TASMAC said 80 per cent of its revenues come from hard liquor and 20 per cent from beer.மது வீட்டிற்கும் நாட்டிற்கும் கேடு! (தமிழகஅரசு)
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