12/05/2015 11:18 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Amethi Food Park Cancelled After Promoter Failed To Acquire Land, Clarifies Minister

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Indian Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Member of Parliament (MP), Harsimrat Kaur Badal pays her respects at the Sikh Shrine Golden temple in Amritsar on May 30, 2014. Kaur visited the city to pay her respects at the Sikh Shrine. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU (Photo credit should read NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Tuesday said that the approval for the setting up of a mega food park at Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi District was cancelled due to the promoter company not fulfilling the formality of acquiring the requisite land in its name.

"The promoter of the park was required to submit a Detailed Project Report (DPR) with possession of minimum 50 acres of land in the name of the promoter company within six months from the date of issue of In-Principle Approval. The submitted DPR of the project was appraised by the professional Programme Management Agency appointed by the ministry under the scheme...The appraisal of the DPR revealed that the promoter company was not in possession of the required minimum 50 acres of land along with permission to set up the mega food park project," Kaur said in a statement in the Lok Sabha.

"In view of inordinate delay by the promoter company in meeting these pre-conditions for final approval, the in-principle approval accorded to the project by the ministry was cancelled. The decision of the cancellation was conveyed to the promoter company on July 11, 2014," she added.

The minister further informed the House that the promoter company was also given extension till June 30, 2014 to meet the pre-conditions. She, however, said the inordinate delay by the promoter company forced the government to cancel the project.

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