Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Limited said it was relocating its Rs 6,000-crore food park project out of Uttar Pradesh. The firm cited lack of cooperation on part of the state government.
Acharya Balkrishna, Managing Director of Patanjali Ayurved Ltd and co-founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth, tweeted that the mega food park has to be shifted out of the state in wake of Yogi Adityanath-led state government’s disappointing attitude. He also tweeted that the homegrown FMCG major’s aim of improving lives of farmers in the region would remain unfulfilled now after the decision by the government.
"Today I was informed that the central government-sanctioned mega food park had been cancelled... in the holy land of Ram and Krishna, the scheme to bring prosperity to the lives of farmers is incomplete due to the apathy of the state government,” Acharya Balkrishna said. Balkrishna told PTI that Patanjali did not get the required clearances from the state government.
Earlier, Patanjali had said that its Yamuna Expressway-based plant would produce goods worth Rs 25,000 crore annually, if it runs to its full capacity.
It would create 10,000 direct jobs, Patanjali had said.
According to reports, around 455 acres of land was allocated for the Patanjali Food and Herbal Park in Greater Noida and the project was worth around Rs. 2,000 crore.
It was the largest project set up by Patanjali after the one in Haridwar, which is spread over 150 acres.
In 2016, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had laid the foundation of this park.
Company spokesperson SK Tijarawala said they decided to shift the project because the state government was "not in a mood to encourage” them. "The state government does not want farmers of this area to benefit from this project,” he said, according to the Hindustan Times.
Patanjali is presently investing in mega food park projects, including Nagpur (Madhya Pradesh) and Tejpur (Assam).
According to latest reports, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath spoke to yoga guru Ramdev over the phone and ensured Ramdev that the project was on the cards and "minor issues” would be cleared soon. The yoga guru, sources added, was convinced by Yogi Adityanath’s assurances.
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