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Updated: June 5, 2011 17:36 IST

Satyam seeks extension of time for setting up SEZ in Hyderabad

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A file picture of the office of Mahindra Satyam at Cyberabad. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar.
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A file picture of the office of Mahindra Satyam at Cyberabad. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar.

IT services firm Mahindra Satyam has sought additional time for setting up an IT/ITES SEZ at Hitec City in Madhapur here.

The Union Ministry of Commerce had already given two extensions for the SEZ and the validity of the last extension is up to June 19.

According to a senior official of the Andhra Pradesh government, the latest request for extension has been forwarded to the Board of Approvals for SEZs under the ministry.

Mahindra Satyam was granted formal approval for setting up the SEZ over an area of 10.52 hectares in 2006 when B Ramalinga Raju and his team were managing the company.

“The company informed the BOA (of) the steps taken to implement the project and sought some more time as it could not complete the construction due to the unforeseen situation the company got into in January, 2009,” the official said.

The company also informed the BOA that it is on the recovery path and is getting new customers and new business and hence, is in a position to complete the project.

In another development, the company’s request to denotify its SEZ for IT/ITES at Thotlakonda Hills, Visakhapatnam, was forwarded to the BOA in a meeting held on May 31, the Andhra Pradesh government official said.

The company has requested for de-notification of the SEZ, which is spread over a 20-hectare area, stating that the State government has transferred the land to the Indian Navy for establishment of a Wireless Experimental Unit, due to its suitability for wireless operations.

Though the State had decided to allot 50 acres of alternate land in favour of APIIC for onward allotment to Satyam for establishment of the SEZ, the company is yet to be handed over the land.

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