The government will take up new proposals for setting
up special economic zones (SEZs) only after a review of
the functioning of those already cleared, commerce and
industry minister Kamal Nath said after a meeting of the
empowered group of ministers.
said the group would meet to decide on new zone after
75 of the 150 SEZs that have been approved become operational,
which is likely to happen in the next 5-6 months.
proposals for setting up SEZs would be taken up by the
Board of Approvals only after a thorough examination of
the zones that are already operational, he said
government had on August 22 cleared 46 new SEZs, taking
the total number of SEZs approved to 150. The new list
included two multi-products SEZs spread over 2,000 hectares
by Essar in Jamnagar and AP Industrial Infrastructure
Corporation in Vishakapatnam.
the SEZ promoted by Essar would have an area of 2,470
hectares, the APIIC's project would be spread over 2,309
hectares, according to a release issued here.
these, as many as nine are from Maharashtra, seven from
Andhra Pradesh, five from Karnataka and four each from
West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
proposals of SEZs from Gujarat and Haryana have also been
cleared while two SEZs have been given the go ahead, in
Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab and Uttaranchal.
SEZ each has been cleared in Rajasthan, Goa and Pondicherry.
Uttaranchal, the state development corporation would set
up a 440 hectare SEZ. The biggest SEZ in Maharashtra would
be developed by Viraj Profiles, which will be on 235 hectares
from a multiple product SEZ, AIIPC's 111 hectare SEZ for
electronic hardware has also been approved by the commerce
minister, however, said there was no limit on the number
of SEZs that can be approved.