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Centre gives Patanjali Ayurved 15 more days to fulfill conditions for food park in Uttar Pradesh

Union Food Processing Secretary JP Meena said the government was ‘not looking for reasons to cancel the project’.

The Centre on Thursday said it had given an additional 15 days to Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved to fulfill conditions necessary for the final nod for setting up of the proposed Rs 6,000-crore mega food park in Uttar Pradesh. Thus, the deadline to meet the required conditions, which was June 15, has now been extended to June 30, PTI reported.

“Since the company is already taking action and requested for 15 days extra time to meet the conditions, the ministry will grant the time as requested,” Union Food Processing Secretary JP Meena said. However, he added that the matter will be placed before the Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee of the ministry.

“Our aim is to make sure the project comes up,” Meena added. “We are not looking for reasons to cancel it.”

The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority had allotted 455 acres of land to Patanjali Ayurved in November 2016 – 430 acres for industrial use and 25 acres for institutional purposes. Last week, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath directed officials to expedite the process for Patanjali Ayurved to set up the food park after Ramdev’s firm said it would relocate the project out of the state due to lack of cooperation.

On June 6, Patanjali said its mega food park would produce goods worth Rs 25,000 crore annually at full capacity, and provide 10,000 jobs. The conditions to be fulfilled for the project include acquisition and transfer of land to Patanjali’s subsidiary.

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