RIL Haryana SEZ among 11 others asked to seek fresh licence

RIL Haryana SEZ among 11 others asked to seek fresh licence

New Delhi: The Centre has refused to extend the in-principle approvals to as many as 11 SEZ projects, including the Mukesh Ambani-promoted Reliance Haryana SEZ, Posco India and Indiabulls Infrastructure, stating that the rules do not allow giving them more time for implementation.

Earlier this month, the Inter-ministerial board of approval (BoA) asked these developers to apply afresh along with recommendations of the respective state governments, an official said, adding the SEZ rules do not permit giving third extensions.

The Reliance Haryana SEZ was given an in-principle approval way back in March 2006. Subsequently, two more extensions were given and the proposals were valid till March 2009.

The SEZ was to originally come up on 10,000 hectares at an investment of over Rs25,000 crore. Then the project size was subsequently scaled down to 5,000 hectares after the Government capped the size of SEZs.

Posco India had approached the BoA for third extension to implement its Rs54,000-crore SEZ project in Orissa.

“Both these projects could not acquire land," the official said.

Indiabulls Infrastructure Development has also been asked to approach the BoA again for its 2,429-hectare multi-product SEZ in Maharashtra.

The other developers which have to file fresh applications include Quippo Infrastructure Equipment and Nanded Gems SEZ in Maharashtra, India Steel Corporation SEZ in Gujarat, and Rockman Projects in Punjab.