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NO HC RELIEF FOR SEZ IN RAIGAD

The Mukesh Ambani-promoted Mumbai Special Economic Zone Ltd received no relief from the Mumbai High Court on its plea that the collector should expedite the land acquisition proceedings at Raigad for its project. The vacation bench of the court disposed of the petition asking Mumbai SEZ to approach the SC where a bunch of related petitions were pending. The land acquisition officer of Raigad, in fact, opposed the petition saying the collector had to follow the process laid down by law for acquiring land. Any interim relief would jeopardize the long-drawn legal process and the petition should be dismissed, the High Court judge has said. The court order came after the Maha Mumbai SEZ Sangharsh Samiti, an organization opposing the SEZ, informed it that a PIL relating to the project was pending with the apex court. Land acquisition process started in June 2007, the government said. There were 45 declarations made for land to be acquired and, till date, no person had come to the collector, saying he had agreed to the terms for the acquisition. Any unilateral request by the Mumbai SEZ Ltd cannot be accepted unless land owners are heard out by the collector. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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