New Delhi(PTI): Days after Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of a mega food park in his constituency Amethi, the government today said the project was cancelled after the promoter company failed to comply with requisite conditions for approval.

Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur
Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur

In a detailed statement, read out in the Lok Sabha amid din created by Congress members, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur said the food park's promoter company had expressed its inability to pursue the project in the absence of natural gas, whose allocation was denied by the previous government in December 2012. The issue pertains to cancellation of proposed Shaktiman Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd in Amethi.

The House saw ruckus after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed the Minister to make a statement on the matter, with Congress members protesting against the decision and even questioning the Chair's partiality. Rahul Gandhi, Congress Vice President, had last week attacked the government over the issue and also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of practising politics of revenge.

Kaur said that in view of inordinate delay by the promoter company in meeting the "pre-conditions for final approval, 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 issue of inordinate delay was considered by an inter-ministerial approval committee on June 30, 2014 and then the in-principle nod was cancelled. She said that during a review meeting of the project's progress in June last year, the promoter company's representative had informed that without supply of gas at administered price, it would not "consider the project to be viable".

"In the absence of availability of gas at the administered price the promoter company expressed its inability to pursue the project," the Minister said.


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