Aavin dairy resumes full production

Operations at the Ambattur dairy were normalised on Sunday —Photo: Special Arrangement

Operations at the Ambattur dairy were normalised on Sunday —Photo: Special Arrangement  


Aavin’s Ambattur dairy, which was inundated following heavy rain, has resumed production. From Monday morning, the dairy will supply its usual quota of 3.25 lakh litres of milk to the city.

The unit, situated inside the Ambattur industrial estate, was inundated for four days from November 16 and did not operate.

“The main unit was not affected. Only the building in which the main electricity supply board is located and the steam unit were flooded.

There was around 3-4 ft of water inside the dairy complex that also has the products to make ice cream,” said sources in Aavin.

Since the dairy stopped during production, it was cleaned more intensely than usual using hot and cold water, lime and acid.

“There was some milk in the pipelines and that curdled. We have had test runs for two days and we have returned to full capacity now,” explained a source.

On Friday, the dairy processed and packed 70,000 litres of milk and on Saturday it did 1.60 lakh litres.

Aavin managed to supply milk to the city by sourcing milk packs from Villupuram, Salem and Vellore dairies. It also increased the capacity of Sholinganallur, Madhavaram and Kakalur dairies to supply 11.50 lakh litres of milk to Chennai.

The dairy was inundated in 2008 too. But at that time, the flooding was not so bad, explained a source.

Learning lessons from both these occasions, Aavin now plans to construct new buildings for the electricity panel and the steam producing boiler that will be at a higher level.

A 250-metre-long flood protection wall would be constructed behind the dairy to replace a compound wall that was damaged in the rain. The wall, running along a PWD canal, would keep out water from the canal, the sources explained.

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