Keventer Agro has sought the government’s help to get some time from the Centre to start their food park project in Kahalgaon.
The state government, through the Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (Biada), had provided the firm land in Kahalgaon for a mega food park. The company, though, failed to acquire the land because of the resentment of the farmers and the government landed in an embarrassing situation. The firm has now claimed to get a 90-acre private plot in Kahalgaon for the project.
To start the project, Keventer has gone back to the government for help. It has requested the industries department to have a talk with the Union ministry of food processing industries to grant the firm one month to finalise the deal and start work on the construction of the boundary wall.
The mega food park project is partially funded by the central government which had given Keventer two months to start the project. If by then there was no work to show, Keventer was warned that the project would be cancelled. The Centre’s deadline ended on November 30.
“The Keventer Food Park Infra Limited consists of a group of stakeholders engaged in the setting up of the food park worth around Rs 120 crore. It had written a letter (a copy of which is with The Telegraph) to the industries department about the deadline. The letter outlined all the problems faced in setting up the food park, starting from possession of the land to getting land on our own. But the deadline set by the Centre has ended and there is a possibility of the government taking action against us. The letter has been sent to the director of the Union ministry of food processing industries. Still we are requesting the state government to help us negotiate with the Centre to give us some time so that the land deal can be finalised and the construction of the boundary wall can start. We hope the department would help us,” a representative of Keventer said.
The Bihar government had failed to provide land to any of investors, including Keventer Agro, at the Industrial Growth Centre in Kahalgaon after Biada acquired at least 400 acres in the area. An attempt to provide Keventer land in Banka also fell through because of several conflicts.
“The letter is a desperate attempt by Keventer to save the project. The state government has provided the project very little help so far and it will be better if it could explain the issue to the Centre now,” a representative said.