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Sunday, 13 December 2020

Police blockade hits supply of Palwal sugar mill

Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service
Palwal, December 12

The police blockade of the National Highway-19 has disrupted the supply of a sugar mill here and at the same time held up 1,000 MP farmers from marching towards the Delhi border, where thousand others are protesting against the three controversial laws.

As a result of the blockade, about 50 trucks laden with sugarcane are stuck on the highway and KMP expressway.

Sugreev Bainsla of the district's Badoli village said, "Some cane farmers from my village and surrounding areas took link roads to reach the sugar mill. It meant rise in transportation cost."

Subhash Kaushik, secretary, transport association, claimed that several trucks had stuck on the KMP eway and several others were running behind schedule.

The local sugar mill caters to cane growers of Palwal, Faridabad, Mewat and Gurugram districts.

Sources in the sugar mill said the situation could turn worse if the blockade was not lifted soon.

Naresh Kumar, managing director of the sugar mill, however, claimed the functioning of the sugar mill had not been affected. "Truck drivers take alternative routes to reach the mill. Besides, the management has taken measures to ensure that the supply is not affected. In November, the mill crushed 4.8 lakh quintals of cane, the highest in the past four years," he said.

from The Tribune

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