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Centre withdraws approval for Huma Mega Food Park project


Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, April 6:

The Centre has cancelled the in-principle approval of Huma Coastal Mega Food Park as the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) constituted for the implementation of the project at Ganjam failed to meet the prescribed conditions for the final approval.

However, the state government has urged the Centre to reconsider the decision as it is important for the state.

“Huma Coastal Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd was accorded in-principle approval for the food project under MoFPI’s mega food park scheme in 2012. However despite several extensions, the SPV was unable to meet the prescribed conditions of final approval. The Inter Ministerial Approval committee reviewed the status of compliances by the SPV and decided to cancel the in-principle approval accorded to the project,” said JP Meena, additional secretary in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries in a letter to Odisha chief secretary JK Mohapatra.

However, the letter from Meena said the SPV has the option of applying afresh for the project.

Following the amendment of guidelines of Mega Food Park Scheme, Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) has asked the Odisha government to send proposals for developing new mega food parks in the state.

MoFPI has approved a total of 40 mega food park projects in as many as 23 states and these are at various stages of implementation, sources said.

The ministry, which is implementing the mega food park scheme to develop modern infrastructure facilities to help the growth of food processing industries on cluster basis, has already invited fresh expression of interest (EoI) as per the amended guidelines and the last date for submission of EoI is 30 April, sources added.