Tata Steel SEZ seeks extension of formal nod for Gopalpur project

Amiti Sen New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018

Similar plea from four other developers too

Tata Steel SEZ Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of Tata Steel, has sought another year’s extension of formal approval for its multi-product zone in Gopalpur, Odisha, as it hopes to get the mandatory environmental clearance for the project soon.

Tata Steel’s request, along with four similar proposals for extensions from other developers, will be considered by the Board of Approval (BoA) at its meeting on Friday. The last extension given to the company will lapse next month.

“Tata Steel SEZ had applied for environment clearance on March 24, 2017 and Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) clearance on July 3, 2017. The formal approval letter of EC & CRZ clearance is expected by end of November, 2017 post which the infrastructure development activity would be taken up,” the company said in its submission to the BoA pointing out the reason for the delay in the project.

According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, development activities within the SEZ can be taken up only after approval of EC and CRZ applications, it added.

The letter of approval for the multi-product SEZ, to be spread over 500 hectares, was first given to Tata Steel SEZ in June 2017. It has got eight extensions since then.

The other applications for extension of validity of formal approval are from Nagaland Industrial Development Corporation for its agro and food processing SEZ in Dimapur, GP Realtors Pvt Ltd for its electronic eardware and IT/ITES SEZ in Gurgaon, Haryana, Mikado Realtors Pvt Ltd for its IT/ITES in Gurgaon, Haryana, and Golden Tower Infratech Pvt Ltd for its IT/ITES SEZ in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

No fresh proposals for setting up SEZs have, however, been included in the agenda.

Published on November 13, 2017

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