Board to take a call on Goa SEZs' notification today

Panaji, Jul 30 | Updated: Aug 1 2008, 05:10am hrs
The Board of Approval is expected to take a call on four special economic zones (SEZs) in Goa on Thursday that have been approved but not yet notified.

State industries secretary V K Jha, who will be representing Goa in the meeting to be held at New Delhi, said that the state government has already made its stand clear on SEZs.

We have already made it clear that the state is unwilling (to give approval to) these SEZs, Jha said, adding that our stand remains the same and we have already conveyed it to the ministry.

Of the total 15 SEZs that were proposed to be set up in the state, seven were approved by the state government, while the rest were rejected.

Amongst these seven, three were notified while four were pending notification from the Centre when the Digamber Kamat led government declared scrapping of all such industrial enclaves in the state on the eve of New Year 2008.

The issue of three SEZs pending denotification is not on Thursday agenda, Jha clarified.

The four SEZs, which are awaiting the final verdict Thursday includes Paradigm Logistics distribution (IT/ITES), Inox Mercantile (bio-tech park), Planetview

Mercantile company (gems and jewellary) and Maxgrow Finlease (food park) planned at Verna industrial estate, sources said.