Govt Might Cancel Approval Given To Twelve SEZs Due To Zero Progress

18/02/2015 5:46 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Heavy tractors drive at the ground-breaking ceremony during the Commencement Ceremony of Thilawa Special Economic Zone Project in Thilawa, on the outskirts of Yangon on November 30, 2013. Thilawa SEZ (Special Economic Zone) will be built on 2400 hectares of land on the outskirts of Yangon. AFP PHOTO/ SOE THAN WIN (Photo credit should read Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

HYDERABAD -- The Indian government might cancel approvals for fourteen Special Economic Zones (SEZ) by Deccan Infrastructure and Land Holdings Ltd (DILL), a company floated by erstwhile Andhra Pradesh.

Twelve of the SEZs are located in Telangana, while the remaining two are in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

Officials of Board of Approval, Ministry of Commerce, are scheduled to meet on February 20 and expected to take a decision on the future course of action regarding these SEZs.

"Formal approval expired. The developer is a state government body. The developer was informed that cancellation of formal approval will be taken up as no progress has been made.

"They failed to even submit any concrete proposal or action plan. No progress has been made either to notify the SEZs or implement the SEZ projects. DC (Development Commissioner) has, accordingly, recommended removal of all the approved SEZs of DILL from the approved list," the ministry said in a statement regarding one of the SEZs.

DILL is a Company registered under the Companies Act, 1956, as a subsidiary of Andhra Pradesh Housing Board (APHB) before bifurcation.

APHB holds 57.44 per cent of the Equity and Government of Andhra Pradesh (before bifurcation) is holding 42.56 per cent equity. The Equity holding of APHB and the Government has come by way of transfer of their respective lands, DILL website said.

Officials of DILL could not be reached when tried on telephone numbers provided on its website.

According to information provided on the website, the entity has 6,819 acres of land bank in Telangana.

DILL had earlier obtained approvals from the Ministry for setting up SEZs in sectors such as IT/ITES, pharma, gems and jewellery and engineering.

In a similar case, the Development Commissioner has recommended cancellation of the approval given to AP Markfed, another state government body for setting up SEZ in Karimnagar in Telangana for failing to make any progress in the project, the BoA said.

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