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SC to hear plea against non-operational SEZs in country

News and Press Release - Dated:- 5-8-2017 - New Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) The Supreme Court today said it would accord final hearing to a plea seeking return of unused land acquired for Special Economic Zones (SEZ) to farmers and a court-monitored CBI probe .....

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r right to respond would be closed. It had on January 9 issued notices to the Centre and Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal and Punjab on a PIL which alleged that almost 80 per cent of the land acquired for SEZ .....

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osted the matter for final disposal after eight weeks. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the court that land had been granted by the respective state governments. Moreover, SEZs are there in 20 states and only eight have been made parties and the r .....

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on, alleged that in last five years alone, 4,842.38 hectares of land was acquired for various SEZs and only 362 hectares were utilised, leaving around 4,480 hectares unused. It also referred to a comptroller and auditor general (CAG) report of 2012-1 .....

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were acquired, raised loans by mortgaging the land documents as collateral securities with banks, but strangely did not use the loan money to develop these SEZs, the PIL said. The farmers' body also sought initiation of civil and criminal procee .....

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he plea also sought declaring of the land acquisition as unconstitutional , being violative of fundamental right to life and equality on the ground that they have caused joblessness to farmers, agricultural labourers . The plea has sought a direction .....

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fact in the Rajya Sabha that as high as 40 per cent of the total land acquired for SEZ across 20 states of the country remained unutilised up to March 13, 2015. In four states, 100 per cent of the SEZ land acquired remains unutilised, while in seven .....

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isgarh (78.24 per cent), Haryana (70.69 per cent), Rajasthan (82.31 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (63.24 per cent), Tamil Nadu (53.08 per cent), Punjab (67.04 per cent), Chandigarh (59.60 per cent), it said. Over 77 per cent of notified SEZ land is concen .....

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