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               With the blessings of the goddess Mahalaxmi and inspirations of H.H.Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur,  the fort Panhala, which is an eye witness of King Shivajis bravery, Gagan Bavada filled with natures beauty, surrounded by karveer and Panhala taluka, there exists a Karkhana, which is a best example of the consistent and coordinated efforts carried out by Hon.Late Shri D.C.Narke (popularly known as D.C.Saheb) and his colleagues.

 

          The Name of Karkhana is derived from the name of two rivers Kumbhi and Kasari. The valley of these two rivers is fertile due to the presence of water flowing through these rivers throughout the year. The Karkhana is located some 12 k.m. away to the west of Kolhapur, on the boundary of the village Kuditre , on Kolhapur - Gagan Bavada State Highway. D.C.Saheb and his colleagues have turned this de vasted area really into heaven.

                 

    After Independence like textile and sugar mills. In 1954 D.C.Saheb   and his colleagues (promoters) proposed plan of a Sugar Mill. They   aimed at uplifting the living standard of  people in and around the   functional areas of the Karkhana. Today, when we turn back, we see the   sweet fruits of development and this is certainly a thing which we can say   proudly about. It is certain that Karkhana has brought about    miraculous changes in the social, political, economical and educational   lifestyle of the people.

             

              The promoters convinced the importance of Sugar Industry to   the   people and collected share capital. This shows their view to  look at   the social and economical development. After consistent and perpectual  efforts of the promoters, the Karkhana was registered on 20th June, 1960.

              Initial capacity was 1,000 M.T./ day. 1962-63 was the first trial  season. The   promoters motivated people to cultivate more sugarcane . This resulted   in increased sugarcane production, and subsequently the   licensing   capacity was increased to 1,750 M.T./day. However, tremendous growth   in sugarcane production compelled to increase the   crushing capacity  to    3,000 M.T./ day in 1980. Today we have the same   crushing capacity,  however with some updation and modification in   existing machinery, we  are able to crush at 4000-4200 M.T./ day.

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