RIL approves Rs 3,375 cr retail
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RIL approves Rs 3,375 cr retail

Mukesh Ambani's RIL to foray into retail with an Rs 3,375 cr investment and to go public with its petroleum subsidiary.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 13:18 IST

In a major expansion move, Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries on Monday announced its foray into retail business with an investment of over Rs 3,375 crore and decided to go public for its petroleum subsidiary to execute a Rs 28,000 crore refinery and chemical project in Gujarat.

The decisions were taken at the meeting of the RIL Board of Directors, headed by Mukesh, the first meeting after effecting the demerger earlier this month.

In a communication to stock exchanges, RIL said: "The Board has given its consent to pursue retail business through a subsidiary of the company.

"The Board has approved the initial phase of setting up of hyper-market/super-market/convenience stores/specialty stores in select cities and towns covering all the geographical regions of the country at an estimated cost of $750 million."

The company further said that the directors also approved the raising of equity capital by the newly incorporated Reliance Petroleum Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, which will implement the 27 million tonnes refinery and one million tonne poly-propelene projects at the Special Economic Zone in Jamnagar, Gujarat at an estimated cost of $6 billion.

The new entity would raise equity capital, either through placement of equity shares with private equity investors or through initial public offering.

"Reliance Petroleum would continue to be a subsidiary of the company, even after the completion of raising of equity," RIL said.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 16:09 IST