Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra lead the race in setting up the maximum number of special economic zones (SEZ), but the country's biggest SEZs are coming up in Haryana.
The board of approval in the commerce ministry has so far given final clearances to 150 SEZs and in-principle nod to another 117 zones across the country.
While 27 SEZs have been given the final nod in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra is a close second with 26, followed by 20 in Tamil Nadu, 19 in Karnataka, 13 in Gujarat and 8 in Haryana, according to data compiled by the ministry.
States in the northern, eastern and north-eastern region are lagging far behind. In fact, there is no zone proposed in the seven north-eastern states of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghayala, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura.
Other states that draw a blank in the list of SEZs given final approval include Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Sikkim, Bihar and Jammu and Kashmir.
In terms of in-principle approval, Haryana is at the top with 23 zones proposed. Maharashtra has 19 SEZs with in-principle nod, followed by 15 in Karnataka, 9 in Uttar Pradesh and 7 each in Gujarat, Punjab and Tamil Nadu.
However, in terms of area, Haryana has the country's biggest zones proposed. Gujarat is also getting a large number of bigger-sized multi-product zones, followed by Maharashtra.
Reliance Industries's 10,000 hectare SEZ at Jhajjar in the northern state, which has received in-principle approval, is so far the country's biggest zone proposed. This is followed by real estate giant DLF's proposed 8,097 SEZ, which also received in-principle nod, in the state. More
Maharashtra has only one multi-product SEZ with final clearance and eight more have been given in-principle nod by the Board of Approval.
Besides Reliance and DLF's mega SEZs, Haryana is also home to the country's third largest proposed SEZs.
DS Constructions has proposed a 5,000 hectare SEZ, while other real estate firms Unitech and Emmar MGF are also building two 4,000 hectare SEZs in the state.
Dubai-based realty giant Emmar, in association with local partner MGF, is in fact developing seven special economic zones in the state. DLF has proposed another 1,000 hectare SEZ and the Raheja group is setting up a 2,000 hectare SEZ in the state. All these zones have been given in-principle approval.
In terms of area, Gujarat is also witnessing large-sized SEZs. Sterling Infrastructure's 3,380 hectare SEZ, Gujarat Adani Port Ltd's 2,658 hectares SEZ at Mundra and Essar's 2,470 hectare Jamnagar SEZ are the biggest zones in the state.
Essar is also setting up a 1,100 hectare multi-product zone at Hazira, while GIDC is building a 1,768 hectare zone and Adani Exports another 1,000 hectare zone in the state. Reliance Industries 440 hectares Jamnagar SEZ has also been given final approval.