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Maharashtra government to spend Rs 40 crore on Sugar Museum, to display history of industry, processes

Given the importance of the industry in Maharashtra’s growth, the museum was to showcase the history, the growth and potential of the industry.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: October 14, 2021 2:35:13 pm
Cane at the cane yard of Sahyadri cooperative mill. (Express Photo by Pavan Khengre.)

With the state government’s recent official gazette notification on the formation of a high-power committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar for the construction of a Sugar Museum, the state will soon get its first-of-its-kind museum in India dedicated to sugar and sugarcane and the government will spend Rs 40 crore to build it.

With 16 of the 36 ministers in the state having direct links with the sugar industry, the idea was received well and Pawar had allocated Rs 40 crore in the state Budget for the same. The museum will come up in Sakar Sankul.

Sugar commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad had first proposed the idea of a sugar museum during the annual general body meeting of the Vasantdada Sugar Institute last year. Gaikwad said the museum should highlight the process of conversion of cane into sugar and other byproducts. Given the importance of the industry in Maharashtra’s growth, the museum was to showcase the history, the growth and potential of the industry.

Countries like Germany and Mauritius have similar museums but the one in Pune would be the first-of-its-kind in the country. Gaikwad said, “The museum would have a mini sugar mill where people would be able to see the conversion of cane into sugar as well as conversion of byproducts like jaggery, ethanol, co-generation and others. The museum would have a sugar themed cafe and an audio-visual area where informative clips about the industry would be played. Ample parking and an amphitheatre would also be part of the museum.”

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