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Plan for Patanjali’s mega food park in UP’s Greater Noida still in place
Saturday, 09 June, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Group’s proposed plan to set up a mega food park in western Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida is well in place. This was affirmed by a senior official of the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), saying that the mega park still has time until June 30 to get the necessary nod from the state government. Moreover, if there is a requirement to extend the deadline beyond June 30, the ministry is open to do so.

“Although we have also communicated this to the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and state chief secretary, there was some delay on the part of the state government. However, if the need arises to extend the deadline, we will examine the progress, and the same can be extended,” he added.

Interestingly, Uttar Pradesh, the largest Indian state, has no mega food park as yet. And MoFPI has given its in principle approval to three mega park in the state - Patanjali’s in Greater Noida; one promoted by Vidhyanchal Attivo Food Park Pvt Ltd in Mirzapur, and one promoted by Infrast Alliance India Pvt Ltd in Mathura.

Incidentally, all of the three mega parks have to submit all the clearances by June 30, 2018, and none has yet submitted the documents to the ministry so far.

Harsimrat Kaur Badal, minister for food processing industries, Government of India, has also stated at a press meet here that notices had been issued to the promoters to submit the approvals.

Meanwhile, on June 5, 2018, Acharya Balkrishna, managing director, Patanjali Group, said, “They have decided to move out of Uttar Pradesh and withdraw their application to make the mega food park owing to delay in clearances by the state government.”

The 455-acre project was proposed by the Patanjali Group in Greater Noida some time ago, where in they planned an investment of Rs 6,000 crore along the Yamuna Expressway.

Acharya Balkrishna said, “We didn’t get any cooperation from the state government for this project. We have waited for long for the clearances, but could not get them. So we have decided to shift the project.”

However, in a recent development, Yogi Adityanath, chief minister, Uttar Pradesh, is said to have spoken to Baba Ramdev, mentor, Patanjali Group, and according to the sources, the group has, for the time being, dropped the plan to shift the project.

It was also learnt that Adityanath has assured the Patanjali Group to provide all the necessary nods by the government within the stipulated time.
 
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