The Maduranthagam Padalam corporative sugar factory had begun functioning again on December 25.
However, in just 10 days, the machine developed snag bringing the operation to a halt. Due to this, about 250 lorries, carrying more than 5,000 tonnes of sugarcane are waiting inside and outside the factory premises for the past four days.
According to sources, the factory was processing only 1,200 tonnes of sugarcane per day during those 10 days it was functioning. This despite having a capacity to process 2,000 tonnes. Now, the work has stopped completely for the last four days.
The farmers depended on the factory, most of who had come from Villupuram, Puducherry and Tiruvannamalai, are worried about the delay in resuming operations. They are concerned that the canes are already 10 days old, and any further delay in crushing them would reduce the weight of their produce. They also have to pay increased amount as rent for lorries.
The farmers said they were waiting in front of the factory for the last four days without proper food or shelter, as the staff at the factory did not give them a proper response to their queries about the situation. They urged the government officials to immediately look into the issue and take steps to operate the machines soon.