Major Setbacks for SEZ Plans of Ambani Brothers

Anil Ambani & Mukesh AmbaniThe problems seem to have no end for SEZ plans of Ambani Brothers. On Saturday, Uttar Pradesh government put objections on Anil Ambani’s proposal for a special economic zone (SEZ) in Noida. Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai SEZ have also run into problems with recent objections from CIDCO in Maharashtra.

The Maharashtra government’s industrial and urban infrastructure development arm, CIDCO, has opposed the state government’s decision to notify 4,000 hectares of land from Khopta and 21 nearby villages for acquisition for the Mumbai SEZ in Raigad district. The sources have reported that CIDCO presented the affidavit in the Bombay High Court on Friday. The residents of these villages have already shown their opposition to the plans of Mr. Ambani.

The Mumbai SEZ is one of two being promoted by Reliance Industries in the district, the other being the 4,000-hectare Navi Mumbai SEZ.

The Bombay High Court is hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) on the acquisition of land for the Reliance SEZ. The PIL was filed by Peasant and Workers Party leader Datta Patil and others. The petitioners had made CIDCO a respondent in the PIL. The affidavit on behalf of CIDCO was filed by the CIDCO managing director in the High Court.

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