PANAJI: The Goa government has finally released the tender for the public-private partnership (PPP) redevelopment of the Sanjivani Sugar Factory, following a surge in protests from sugarcane farmers.
The current Sanjivani Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana is to be redeveloped, and a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) based Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) ethanol production plant is to be established.
The Directorate of Agriculture (DoA) has released the tender for these projects. The Goa government is accepting applications for Request for Qualification (RFQ) via the eProcurement System (https://eprocure.goa.gov.in/nicgep/app).
The RFQ will be accessible for download on the eProcure website starting on January 10, 2024.
Online applications must be submitted by March 1, 2024, at the latest, in the format specified in the RFQ Document.
After four days of protesting at the factory, sugarcane farmers, who are angry that the government has not kept its word and is not restarting the ethanol plant at the Sanjivani Sugar Factor, began a demonstration at Azad Maidan on Monday.
The Chief Minister was pressed by the infuriated farmers for clarification on Sanjivani’s future. “We don’t know if the ethanol plant will start or not, but the Chief Minister has promised support for it.
“He needs to be very clear about whether or not he will launch the factory,” stated Rajendra Desai, president of the Sugarcane Farmers’ Association.