LULU Group shocker to Jagan Govt: ‘Won’t invest in any projects in Andhra anymore’

Snubbing the YSRCP government in Andhra Pradesh, UAE based Lulu Group said that it will never invest in the state again after the government cancelled the allotment of land in Visakhapatnam to build an international convention centre.
The group stated that although they were allotted land in Visakhapatnam by previous Telugu Desam Party government in a transparent manner, they accept the new government’s decision to revoke the land allotment. Lulu group officials, however, made it clear that they will never invest in Andhra Pradesh again.
“We had participated in a very transparent bidding process and were awarded the land on lease for this project. Though we have incurred huge expenses towards initial project development costs such as appointing internationally renowned consultants and designing the project by world-class architects, we agree to the decision of the new Government of Andhra Pradesh to revoke the land allotment for this project. Given the current scenario, we have decided not to invest in any new projects in the state of Andhra Pradesh,” said Ananth Ram, Lulu Group’s Director for India.
“Our Group which is based in the Gulf had decided to invest Rs 2,200 crores in AP to build an international convention centre, shopping mall and a five-star hotel project to provide global exposure to Visakhapatnam as a convention and shopping hub. Apart from this, the proposed mix-use project was expected to provide employment to more than 7000 local youth,” Ram said. 
He said that the group accepts the decision of the new Government to revoke the allotment of land.

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