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Patanjali threatens to shift Rs 6,000-Crore food park, UP CM Adityanath dials Ramdev

SNS | New Delhi |

A few hours after Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved threatened to scrap a plan to set up a mega 6000-crore Food Park along the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is said to have directed the officials concerned to look into the matter.

According to media reports, Adityanath spoke to both Ramdev and Patanjali Ayurved chief Acharya Balkrishna on Tuesday to discuss the roadblocks. The CM ensured Ramdev that the minor issues would be resolved soon.

Earlier on Tuesday, Acharya Balkrishna had criticised the UP government saying they did not receive “any cooperation from the state government for this project”. He added that the company had decided to shift the project.

Patanjali’s food and herbal park received in-principle approval in January. As per reports, the company had to meet several conditions — including submission of land and bank loan papers — but they failed to meet these conditions after which they were given a month’s deadline.

Acharya Balkrishna alleged that the company couldn’t complete the paperwork because they received no help from the state government.

“We are cancelling the project as we did not get required clearances from the UP state government,” Acharya Balkrishna told PTI on Tuesday. He added: “We did not get any cooperation from the state government for this project. We have waited for long time for the clearances but could not get from the state government. Now we have decided to shift the project.”

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries gave one-month extension — till end of June — to Patanjali to get the requisite clearances to start the project.

“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,” JP Meena, who heads the centre’s food processing department, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.