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UAE's LuLu Group says will not invest in any new Andhra Pradesh projects

LuLu Group decision taken following the new government's move to revoke land allotment to the group for a $311m international shopping mall and convention centre in the state

UAE's LuLu Group says will not invest in any new Andhra Pradesh projects

The proposed mix-use project was expected to provide employment to more than 7,000 locals. Image for illustration purposes.

LuLu Group International will not invest in any new projects in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, a senior executive of the group has said.

The Abu Dhabi-based Indian business group’s decision comes in the wake of the recently assumed Andhra government’s move to revoke land allotted to the group for an international shopping mall and convention centre in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam, which had a project value of $311 million.

“We had participated in a very transparent bidding process and were awarded the land on lease for this project,” Ananth Ram, LuLu Group’s director for India, told Arabian Business.

"Though we have incurred huge expenses towards initial project development costs, 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,” Ram said.

Ram, however, said LuLu Group’s investments in upcoming projects in the other Indian states such as Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka and Kerala will go ahead as planned.

New Andhra govt scraps land allotment for LuLu Group's mega project

The $311 ml project involved construction of a mega commercial complex, convention centre-cum-exhibition hall with 7,000 seating capacity and a 5-star hotel

The LuLu Group director said the group had already incurred huge expenses towards initial project development costs such as appointing internationally renowned consultants and architects for the project at Harbor Park, Visakhapatnam, whcih had a beachfront view.

The 13.83 acre land plot was allotted to LuLu group by the previous Chandra Babu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government in Andhra Pradesh.

Ram said the proposed mix-use project was expected to provide employment to more than 7,000 locals.

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