The acquisition of land for the special economic zone
being set up by the Anil Ambani Group in Uttar Pradesh
seems to have run into rough weather even as the government
said it is adopting a hands-off policy in land acquisitions
for setting up SEZs.
government is reviewing land acquisition policy for setting
up special economic zones (SEZs) and it would no longer
be compulsory for owners to sell, commerce minister Kamal
whole land acquisition policy is being re-looked at, along
with the rehabilitation policy," Nath said, adding,
"The government has one clear thing on SEZs. SEZs
are here to stay. The question is land acquisition. There
would be no compulsory land acquisition."
review follows nation-wide protests by farmers and land
owners over the government''s plans to acquire land to
develop hundreds of SEZs and the authorities in no mood
to help he promoters.
Board of Approval may relax contiguity clause, while the
Uttar Pradesh government had stated that SEZ was in violation
of rules. But the bigger problem the SEZ has run into
is acquisition of land for which Greater Noida authorities
have adopted a rigid attitude,'''' an official said.
to rules the area identified for SEZ shall be contiguous
and vacant and have no public thoroughfare According to
rules the area identified for SEZ shall be contiguous
and vacant and have no public thoroughfare.
Of the required 3,000 acres, only 400 acres of land could
be acquired so far. Earlier, Greater Noida authorities
were helping in land acquisition as the SEZ was part of
its master plan.
SEZ, which is being implemented by a special purpose vehicle
between Ambani and the Noida authority, has received in-principle
approval from the centre. After acquiring land it would
need the board''s nod and then go for notification.
after assuming office earlier this month, the Mayawati
government in Uttar Pradesh had referred to the ADAG-promoted
SEZ to the union commerce ministry stating that there
was a violation in the proposal.
state government had pointed to violations related to
a road dividing the 1,200 hectare piece of land on which
the multi-product SEZ was proposed to be set up.
Board of Approval can relax the condition, as was done
in case of Mukesh Ambani-led Jamnagar SEZ in Gujarat,
if it is satisfied that the thoroughfare could not be
used for taking out goods from the zone to the domestic
market without paying duties.