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Harsimrat Kaur Badal refutes Rahul Gandhi's claim on Amethi Food Park
Saturday, 16 May, 2015, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
In an escalated war of words between the ruling alliance and the opposition on the now scrapped project of Shaktiman Mega Food Park, the Union minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal made a statement in Parliament refuting the charges of scrapping the project.

In Parliament, Badal said that the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI) was implementing a Mega Food Park scheme to create modern infrastructure for food processing sector in the country.

Under this scheme, a Mega Food Park was granted -in-Principle Approval on 24.09.2010 to M/s Shaktiman Mega Food Park Private Ltd for setting up a project at Jagdishpur now in district Amethi, Uttar Pradesh.

The statement by the minister added that the progress of the project was reviewed in the Ministry (on several occasion and latest) on June 6, 2014.

During the review meeting the representative of the promoter company informed that without supply of the gas to the project at administered price, the promoter company would not consider the project to be viable. In the absence of availability of gas at the administered price the promoter company expressed its inability to pursue the project.

The promoter company vide their letter 26.06.2014 informed that it was yet to acquire the required land as changes in UPSIDC guidelines for subleasing was still under consideration.  The promoter company requested for further extension of time till 30th September, 2014.

The matter of inordinate delay in meeting the necessary pre-conditions for Final Approval by the promoter company was considered by the Inter Ministerial Approval Committee (IMAC) chaired by Secretary, Food Processing Industries on June 30, 2014.

In view of inordinate delay by the promoter company in meeting these pre-conditions for final approval, the in-principle approval accorded to the project by the Ministry was cancelled.  The decision of the cancellation was conveyed to the promoter company on July 11, 2014, she said.
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