Mumbai: The Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd has decided to approach external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, chairman of the empowered group of ministers (EGoM), to seek clarity about the cap on the size of SEZs with respect to its project in Raigad district.
“We have sought time for a meeting with Mukherjee,” an official of Reliance’s Mumbai SEZ said on Sunday. “We will apprise Mukherjee of our problems and draw his attention to the fact that a cap on the size of SEZ will have an adverse impact on the project,” he said. “For a project of this scale, size is very important. Nowhere in the world is there a cap on the size of SEZs, with some in China being over 300 sq. km in area.” Noting that even the Union commerce ministry had written to the EGoM seeking clarity on the cap on the size of SEZs, the official said, “We plan to make a presentation before Mukherjee, explaining our stand.” The EGoM had recommended to the Centre that there should be a cap of 5,000 hectares on the size of SEZs and that governments should not intervene in land acquisition proceedings.