Govt to clear about 150 SEZs in next 45 days

Govt to clear about 150 SEZs in next 45 days
PTI
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First Published: Tue, May 08 2007. 06 36 PM IST
Updated: Tue, May 08 2007. 06 36 PM IST
New Delhi: The Board of Approvals will resume vetting fresh proposals for Special Economic Zones on 9 May, even as protests against land acquisition and demands for a new relief and rehabilitation policy continue.
The BoA will take up 23 proposals on 9 May, including those of wind energy group Suzlon, Navi Mumbai SEZ being promoted by Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani along with RIL SEZ division head Anand Jain, DLF and Vedanta Alumina and over the next 45 days, clear another 127 cases.
The meeting scheduled for 30 May will have 40 proposals on its agenda, including those from the Tatas-promoted multi- product Gopalpur SEZ Ltd in Orissa and Genpact IT Zone in Andhra Pradesh.
Another 40 cases will come up for clearance on 5 June, where the proposal of the GMR Group for airport-based multi- product SEZ in Hyderabad would be considered. Proposals in this meeting would also include those from Wipro, Indiabulls, Gitanjali Gems and DLF.
A number of state industrial development corporations, including MIDC and UPIDC are also awaiting clearances. According to official details, most of the SEZ proposals listed for the BoA meetings have land in their possessions.
Although the BoA met once for clearing glitches in 63 notified zones after the meeting of the empowered Group of Ministers on April five, the Board would be taking up fresh cases for the first time after the freeze was lifted early last month.
Violent protests erupted again last month in Nandigram, where 14 people were killed in police firing in March during a rally against land acquisition for the SEZ of Indonesia’s Salim Group.
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First Published: Tue, May 08 2007. 06 36 PM IST