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Government defers decision on Navi Mumbai SEZ, clears Tata project in Orissanews
31 May 2007

Mumbai: The board of approval (BoA) has deferred a decision on Mukesh Ambani-promoted Navi Mumbai SEZ following objections from the revenue department, but cleared Tata''s Gopalpur SEZ project in Orissa.

The revenue department had serious reservations about the fencing of five villages and water bodies in the zone. Moreover, the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust has raised objections on the ground that the national highway passing through Navi Mumbai SEZ was proposed to be upgraded to four-lane, the BoA pointed out.

Commerce secretary and BoA chairman G K Pillai said the government had received a report from the revenue department on the Navi Mumbai project, but was awaiting views from the state government and the developers.

"We wanted to get comments from the developers and the state government on the report of the revenue department," Pillai said.

The revenue department wanted to know whether arrangements had been made for plugging possible revenue leakages because of a road passing through the zone being promoted by Ambani and his close aide Anand Jain.

A decision on the 1,173 hectare Gopalpur SEZ, promoted by Tatas in Ganjam district of Orissa, was deferred in September last year as the BoA wanted to ensure that it posed no problem to a security facility nearby.

Decision on five zones in Uttar Pradesh, where the new BSP government has assumed office was deferred while two SEZ proposals in Kanpur promoted by state government agencies were cleared. Two SEZ proposals from Madhya Pradesh were also deferred but one in Chhindwara was cleared.

In all, 24 SEZs were given formal approval and six were given in-principle clearance.


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Government defers decision on Navi Mumbai SEZ, clears Tata project in Orissa