LUCKNOW: A day after Patanjali Ayurveda Limited (PAL) threatened to pull out the 6,000-crore mega food park project from Uttar Pradesh due to the government’s indifference and delay in competing formalities to facilitate land transfer, CM Yogi Adityanath went into a damage control exercise and talked to Yoga guru Ramdev and Patanjali MD Acharya Balkrishna, assuring them all help in setting up the project in Greater Noida.
Yogi also directed officials to prepare all documents within a week and expedite the process for setting up the project. On his part, Ramdev also assured the Chief Minister that the food park would remain in Uttar Pradesh only. The MoU for the 455 acre mega project along the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida was signed between Patanjali and then CM Akhilesh Yadav’s regime in November, 2016.
Explaining the delay in land transfer, the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday claimed that Patanjali Ayurveda Limited’s request for sub-leasing 91 acres cropped up on March 23, 2018, after the Central government gave its approval to Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Noida Private Limited in principle allowing it to set up the mega food park. Patanjali’s proposal to transfer the land from one company to other was to be approved by the Cabinet in the next meeting. Industrial Development Minister Satish Mahana said, “There were some technical issues involved. We are bringing a proposal in this regard to the Cabinet.”