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Center refuses to denotify SEZs of Goa

business Updated: Jun 02, 2008 20:36 IST

The Centre has conveyed to Goa government that there is no provision to denotify approved and notified Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

"We have received a letter (from the Union Government) and will be taking the stand within a couple of days after thorough discussion on the issue," State Chief Secretary, J P Singh told PTI on Monday evening.

The Commerce Ministry's refusal to denotify three SEZs has come as a tough challenge for the state government that will now have to take a call on the issue within two weeks.

SEZ developers have filed petitions in the High Court against stop orders issued to them.
The Goa Bench of Mumbai High Court, while hearing the matter on Monday, gave two weeks time to the state government to decide on the stop work order issued by it to all the three notified industrial enclaves proposed in the state.

On December 31 last year, the state government, under immense public and political pressure, had decided to scrap 12 SEZs which were at different stages of approval and notification while three were referred to the Union Board of Approval under Commerce Ministry to take final stand.