After A Scuffle With Adityanath’s Govt, Patanjali Says Mega Food Park Will Stay In UP
June 7th, 2018
Patanjali group has reportedly decided to drop their plans to move the mega food park from Noida.
“We(Patanjali) trust the assurance given by Yogi Adityanath. CM spoke to Acharya Balkrishan and Baba Ramdev and assured cooperation,we respect the commitment given by Yogiji. We will not let the important food park go out of UP,” Patanjali spokesperson SK Tijarawala was quoted as saying by ANI, reported Financial Express.
As per reports, state minister Satish Mahana also confirmed that the CM spoke to Ramdev on Tuesday.
“The Chief Minister spoke to Baba Ramdev yesterday (Tuesday). Land allotted was under name of Patanjali Ayurveda but later they wanted it under Patanjali Foods. There is no need to sign another MoU. It will be brought before cabinet.” Mahana told ANI.
On June 5, Patanjali Ayurved’s managing director Acharya Balkrishna announced on Twitter that due to the disappointing behaviour of the UP government, Patanjali has decided to shift the proposed food park from Noida.
आज ग्रेटर नोएडा में केन्द्रीय सरकार से स्वीकृत मेगा फूड पार्क को निरस्त करने की सूचना मिली
श्रीराम व कृष्ण की पवित्र भूमि के किसानों के जीवन में समृद्धि लाने का संकल्प प्रांतीय सरकार की उदासीनता के चलते अधूरा ही रह गया #पतंजलि ने प्रोजेक्ट को अन्यत्र शिफ्ट करने का निर्णय लिया pic.twitter.com/hN6LRbhO4i
— Acharya Balkrishna (@Ach_Balkrishna) June 5, 2018
Very soon the news took over the public domain and talks about the clash between old allies Baba Ramdev, and U.P CM Yogi Adityanath spread like wildfire.
According to some reports, PMO has also intervened in the food park controversy and has asked to resolve the issue. According to the Economic Times, Yogi Adityanath today spoke to the Patanjali managing director Balakrishna and officials have been asked to look into the gridlock.
Meanwhile, considering all the developments into the matter, Patanjali said they will hold on to their decision to scrap the plan to set up the mega food park along the Yamuna Express Highway in Uttar Pradesh. “We are reviewing our decision in the light of assurance given by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. We do trust the assurance given by him,” said Patanjali spokesperson S K Tijarawala.
As reported by NDTV, JP Meena, who heads the centre’s food processing department told news agency PTI, “We have given a one-month extension to Patanjali… they have to meet the condition. In case, Patanjali does not meet the condition, we have no choice but to cancel. We have done it earlier in many projects.” Mr. Meena added that the company had time till the end of this month.
The mega food park
In 2016, former U.P chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had laid the foundation of the Patanjali Food and Herbal park in Noida. The in-principle approval for the park was given by the Central government this January. The approximate cost to build the food park is Rs 6,000 cr, and it is to be constructed in 455 acres of the land. Patanjali had also claimed the food park would produce goods worth Rs 25,000 crore annually and will create 10,000 jobs for the people of Uttar Pradesh, reported the Economic Times.
Last year, as announced by the 52-year-old Indian Yoga guru-cum-entrepreneur, Baba Ramdev, Patanjali was working on to capture 25-50% market-share in the Indian consumer market from the multinational firms.