Banaskantha District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union (Banas Dairy), a member union of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), is set to invest around INR3bn ($48.5m) in a new milk processing plant in Faridabad, Haryana, which is a part of the National Capital Region (NCR).

The proposed plant is expected to have an initial capacity to process 10 lakh litres of milk everyday, with an option to expand to 15 lakh litres per day.

It will manufacture pouched milk, curd, buttermilk and ice-cream under the Amul brand.

Banas Dairy claims that the expansion is in line with the GCMMF guidelines, as well as mission 2020 strategy prepared for its member union.

The plant is the fourth of its type in the NCR region for member unions of GCMMF, including Mehsana District Cooperarive Milk Producers’ Union and Sabarkantha District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union which had established two plants in Manesar and Dharuhera; as well as a plant in Rohtak respectively.

Banaskantha Milk Union chairman Parthibhai Bhatol said that the plant will benefit consumers as well as milk producer members of Haryana as Banaskantha Milk Union would increase its milk procurement from the adjoining NCR.

Meanwhile, Banas Dairy also plans to open two plants in Lucknow and Kanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh over the coming future, reported The Business Standard.

Banas Dairy currently sources milk from over 3.5 lakh milk producer members of Banaskantha district.