Food park deal with Ramdev’s Patanjali back on track after Yogi Adityanath assurance
Yogi Adityanath assured both Ramdev and Balkrishna of cooperation from his government and directed officials to get the project cleared.Updated: Jun 06, 2018 23:25 IST
A day after Yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Private Ltd threatened to move its multi-crore food park out of Uttar Pradesh (UP), the state government convened a high-level meeting on Wednesday.
“Under no circumstances will we let Patanjali move its mega project out of the state. The chief minister, whose government is eyeing big investment in the state after the UP Investors’ Summit, has already spoken to Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna, the company’s MD, and the matter will be sorted out possibly by the next cabinet meeting,” UP’s industrial development minister Satish Mahana said after the meeting.
The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) had on November 2, 2016 allotted 455 acres of land to Patanjali Ayurved with then CM Akhilesh Yadav laying the foundation for the Patanjali Food & Herbal Park in Noida.
There was a flurry of activity since Tuesday, when Balkrishna accused the Yogi Adityanath government of ‘non-cooperation’ and threatened to move the project out of the state.
First, Adityanath assured both Ramdev and Balkrishna of cooperation from his government and directed officials to get the project cleared. Interdepartmental consultations followed, infrastructure and industrial development commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey said.
“Since the matter pertains to transfer of land from one entity to another and there is the issue of sublease from one company to another, there are a few technical steps that need to be cleared... Only the state cabinet is empowered to make changes,” Pandey said. The land was allotted under the condition that only 20% (91 acres) could be subleased by the parent company for seven years from the date of allotment, officials said.
On March 23, 2018 Patanjali Ayurved applied for transferring land to Patanjali Food and Herbal Park. Of the 455 acres, 430 acres was originally allotted to Patanjali at a discount of 25%, while the remaining 25 acres was identified for institutional use. After the food park was allotted to them, Patanjali wanted to develop it in 60 acres, of which, it wants to sublease 30 acres.
Of the remaining 370 acres, it has sought permission to sublease another 56 acres.
“Besides, they have also sought the same concessions for the food park that were allowed to them in 2012... Since the issue traverses tenures of two different governments and is linked to sublease of land from one company to another, it’s taking some time...” an officer said.