The Board of Approval for Special Economic Zones (SEZs) on Tuesday gave formal approvals to six new SEZs, including a solar PV (photovoltaic) SEZ of Lanco Solar Pvt. Ltd. at Ramdaspur in Cuttack district (Orissa).

Formal approvals were also given to three information technology (IT) SEZs by the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation at Baprola village (Delhi); the Uralungal Labour Contract Cooperative Society Limited at Nellikode village in Kozhikode (Kerala) and Empire Industries at Ambernath in Thane district (Maharashtra).

Similarly, a bio-tech SEZ by Veritas Infrastructure Development at Alibaug in Raigad district (Maharashtra), and a gems and jewellery SEZ by the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation at Baprola village in Delhi were approved. The BoA also gave in-principle approval to two SEZs.

So far 570 formal approvals have been granted for setting up of SEZs, out of which 346 have been notified. Over Rs.1.30-lakh crore have been invested in SEZs so far, generating direct employment to over 4-lakh people.

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