Chennaites may be in a milk shock for the next few days. Tragedy visited Avin, the government cooperative and main suppliers of milk to the city, when a major fire destroyed its main processing plant on the outskirts of the city in the wee hours on Thursday.
The factory was shut down for the next few days after the fire destroyed parts of the factory. But the timing of the fire, reported at 3 a.m. ensured that there were few workers inside the plant when the blaze started from one of the godowns and was put out before it could reach the ammonia storage unit in the plant, officials said.
Fifty fire tenders were rushed the factory located at Solinganallur on the outskirts of the city. They battled the blaze for about four hours to bring it under control. The extent of damage to the factory and loss is still being estimated.
On an average, the Solinaganallur plant supplied 3.7 lakh literes per day to every nook and corner of the city. With a major shortfall in supply of milk, Chennaites will have to brave the problem for the next few days, official said. Avin officials, said that every effort was being made to minimize the shortages by procuring milk from other neighbouring districts like Kancheepuram and Villupuram. Fifty vehicles have been sent by Avin to these locations to source milk for distribution in Chennai and its suburbs.