New policy a boost for state's SEZ investors

  • Dharmendra Jore, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jan 03, 2013 00:53 IST

The state cabinet on Wednesday approved a new industry policy that allows investors in special economic zones (SEZ) to convert these projects into integrated industrial areas (IIAs).

Under the IIA scheme, investors must use 60% of the land for primary production, but the remaining 40% can be used for residential or commercial or allied manufacturing purposes.

While the Congress said the policy aims to encourage investment in industry by getting investors of de-notified SEZs to use the land acquired for industrial purpose, the NCP said it's a way of giving prime real estate to developers and making huge profits.

Of the 146 notified SEZs — tax-free enclaves focused on exports — in Maharashtra, only 17 are operational, while 22 have been de-notified or withdrawn because of changes in the Centre's tax policy.

Around 31,000 hectares have been acquired, mostly through private deals, for the 22 SEZs.


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