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Willing to resolve SEZ issue with U.P. Govt.: Reliance ADA Group

Monday 28 May 2007

Special Correspondent

SEZs with non-contiguous areas allowed by Centre, it says

LUCKNOW: Reliance (Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group) is willing to resolve the Noida special economic zone (SEZ) issue with the Uttar Pradesh Government and the Union Ministry of Commerce.

A spokesperson of Reliance ADA said here on Saturday that SEZs with non-contiguous areas had been allowed by the Commerce Ministry through an amendment to the SEZ rules (SEZ [Second Amendment Rules], 2007), dated March 16, 2007.

He said the approval granted by the Board of Approval of the Commerce Ministry to the 12,500-acre Jamnagar SEZ of Reliance Industries (Mukesh Ambani) in Gujarat in April 2007 was in accordance with the amended rules.

Though the State Government had the power to allot land for the SEZs, thus far it has not indicated that the allotment of 1,200 acres for the Noida SEZ (by the Mulayam Singh Government) would be cancelled. Following the decision of the Mayawati Government, Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh had said on Thursday that a proposal would be sent to the Government of India (Union Ministry of Commerce) to withhold approval to the Reliance SEZ proposed at Noida as it violated the norms. Mr. Singh said the land was non-contiguous with two plots bifurcated by a road.

The Reliance spokesperson maintained that the Union Ministry of Commerce was considering approvals for other such SEZs that were non-contiguous. He said the Board of Approval had also agreed to relax contiguity condition subject to approval of the Union Ministry of Railways, relating to thoroughfare comprising "two rail lines and two roads" on the land area of the Jamnagar SEZ of Reliance Industries. The Union Commerce Ministry’s reply to Reliance Jamnagar Infrastructure Limited was conveyed vide letter dated May 9, 2007.

One of the conditions was that contiguity would be maintained by dedicated security gates, rail overbridges and underpass. "The Noida SEZ land already has underpasses to meet contiguity requirements," the spokesman added.

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