Maharashtra sugar mills seek rejig of loans for 10 years.

Sugar millers are now seeking restructuring of loans for a period of 10 years. Heavy rains in the last few days have made it difficult for them to advance the crushing operations. The millers have also sought government guarantee to enable some of the mills to procure loans from banks since several mills are in a bad shape. Several mills in the state owe dues to the tune of Rs 2,600 crore. Nearly 50% of the mills in Maharashtra has the capacity to crush 2,000-2,500 tonne per day. These are making losses to the tune of Rs 10-20 crore. Those with a higher capacity are incurring losses of about Rs 30-40 crore for the season.