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CM lays foundation for mega food park

By Shambhu Boro

TEZPUR, Nov 6 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today laid the foundation stone of the Rs 1,300-crore Patanjali Herbal and Mega Food Park in a grand ceremony at the AIDC complex located at Ghoramari near here.

Addressing a mass gathering on the occasion, Sonowal termed it as a historic moment for the people of Assam as the big-ticket Patanjali food park will generate employment for over 5,000 people and have an annual production of 657,000 MT, adding to the industrial development of the State.

The food park is likely to start production in a record time of 99 days. Besides the Ghoramari project, four other such projects will come up in Kokrajhar, Sirang and Baksa districts of the State and Seijusa on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in a phased manner.

�We are targeting to speed up our construction so as to open the food park formally on February 15, 2017,� said yoga guru Baba Ramdev. �We will not only manufacture a wide range of products ranging from cosmetics and nutrition to kitchen essentials, rather we will devout ourselves in creating good human resources through the educational policy under our project,� he added.

The event was attended by Acharya Balkrishna, Union ministers Rajen Gohain and Babul Supriyo, Assam ministers Chandra Mohan Patowary, Ranjit Dutta, Pramila Rani Brahma, Parimal Suklabaidya, Pallav Lochan Das, besides MPs Ram Prasad Sarma and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary. Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary thanked Baba Ramdev for setting up the food park, initiating a new chapter in the industrial map of Assam.

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