The state cabinet on Friday decided to take back the lands allotted to five promoter firms of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) by paying them a total sum of Rs 256 crore, comprising the principal amount of Rs 133 crore and interest, in an out-of-court settlement.
In yet another decision, the cabinet gave green signal to withdraw anti-corruption cases related to SEZ land allotments against three senior Congress leaders.
It may be recalled that in 2008, the then Congress government had scrapped SEZ proposals following protests by local people and allegations of irregularities and corruption.
The SEZ promoters had moved the Supreme Court against the decision. The apex court earlier this year
had directed the government and promoter firms to work out an amicable solution while fixing the next hearing.
Since 2012, the state government had filed cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act against former chief minister Pratapsing Rane, former industries minister Luizinho Faleiro and former chairman of Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) Chandrakant Kavlekar, as the land allotment had taken place during their tenures.
The SEZ promoter firms are K Raheja and Corporation, Peninsula Pharma Research Centre, Planetview Mercantile Co, Inox Mercantile Company and Paradigm Logistics and Distribution.
The state cabinet also approved Mopa Planning and Development Authority Bill.
In yet another decision, the cabinet cleared authorisation for demolition of illegal structures in public/ government property, without issuance of notices to violators.