Special Economic Zone

Dronagiri Node

Dronagiri is a large and comprehensive Port-based township, set over 2500 hectares of land. Dronagiri has office complex, warehousing facilities, exclusive residential area and SEZ. Located close to Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India’s most hightech and modern major sea port in the southern end of Navi Mumbai. It is currently handling 10 millions tones of cargo every year.

Dronagiri is named after the legendary Dronagiri Hills, surrounded with creeks and sea on three sides (Panvel Creek – north, Arabian Sea – west, Karanja Creek – south). Dronagiri is one of the 14 nodal townships of Navi Mumbai. It is connected by National Highway (NH) 4B, State Highway (SH) 41 and the Panvel-Uran existing railway line which is on its way of conversion for commuter traffic. It is proposed to have hovercraft connectivity with Greater Mumbai. Ferry services are in place between Dronagiri (Mora Jetty) and Gateway of India. A trans harbour link connecting South Mumbai to Dronagiri is in process. The existing Mumbai International/Domestic Airport is at a distance of 48 kms. and the proposed International Airport is only 8 kms away. The upcoming Mumbai-Navi Mumbai-Pune Knowledge Corridor is at a distance of 25 kms from the township.



· NH4-B ready, Connecting the SEZ to Panvel and the National Highway network

· State Highway (SH41) ready, Connecting the SEZ to Sion Panvel Expressway.


· Goods rail line connecting the SEZ to Panvel and the rest of the railway network fully operational.

· Mass Rapid Transport rail system connecting Belapur CBD to Uran under construction.


· The proposed International Airport is closeby the SEZ.


· Hovercraft and catamaran services are proposed. Ferry services existing from Gateway of India to Uran.


· 240 MW gas based power plant located in the SEZ and fully functional


· Hovercraft and catamaran services are proposed. Ferry services existing from Gateway of India to Uran.


· 240 MW gas based power plant located in the SEZ and fully functional

Water Supply

· CIDCO’s Hetawane water supply scheme will supply adequate water to the SEZ.

Voice / Data

· Adequate voice/data connectivity provided by MTNL & Hughes Tele.com


· Adequate housing stock available.

Social Infrastructure

· School, hospitals and social facilities being developed.

A large office complex to accommodate the port users business available for ready occupation.

What is SEZ ?

What is so “Special” about Special Economic Zone (SEZ) ?

1. Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is a special duty-free enclave designed to promote foreign investments in a comprehensive range of economic activities from manufacturing at one end to trading and financial services on the other in an unfettered business environment. It is special because:

Under a special policy dispensation promulgated by the Central Government as recently as in April 2000, businesses will operate under high quality policy and business like and friendly regulatory environment free of hassles and rend tapism. In other words, the operation of the normative and restrictive business/commercial laws will be suspended. Operating entities will be free to pursue their business interests free of Government intervention.
The SEZ will provide high quality and world-class infrastructure designed to render costs of products, delivery, logistics and transactions competitive on global basis.
While SEZ will be insulated from the domestic tariff are in so far as the negative influences are concerned, it will non the less provide the much sought and “privileged” access to the domestic markets.

Special Economic Zone

Salient Features

· A Designated duty free enclave and to be treated as foreign territory for trade operations and duties and tariffs.

· Units are free from plethora of rules and regulations governing import and export.

· Units are able to import capital goods and raw materials duty free from abroad. And also from DTA without payment of terminal excise duty.

· No wastage norms or input-output norms.

· SEZ units would be able to undertake job work from the DTA units and also to get their goods processed in the DTA.

· Sales within DTA area permitted only on payment of applicable customs duties.

· No routine examination by customs of export and import cargo.

· No separate documentation required for customs and exim policy.

· Corporate tax holiday upto 2010 U/S. 10-A of the Income Tax Act.

· No licence required for imports.

· Supplies from DTA to SEZ units treated as deemed exports.

· Reimbursement of central sales tax paid on domestic purchases.

· SEZ units may be for manufacturing, trading or service activity.

· 100% Foreign direct investment in manufacturing sector allowed through automatic route.

· Profits allowed to be repatriated freely without any dividend balancing requirements.

· No industrial licensing restrictions on products reserved for Small Scale Sector.

Uniqueness of SEZ in India

Distinctive underpinnings

1. The SEZ policy framework is the most visionary, ambitious and far-reaching initiative of the Government of India (GOI) so far designed to transform fundamentally the “Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Landscape” for all times to come. It is designed to provide complete business freedom to large multinational companies which are seeking to globalize their production bases.

2. The central and distinctive anchors of the SEZ policy framework in India cover the following themes :

i. 100% tax break/holiday for ten years upto 2010 (in other countries, tax reliefs are regulated).

ii. Unrestricted access to domestic markets (with payment of applicable duties/taxes)

iii. The permissible economic activity in SEZ is vast and it covers trading, servicing,

iv. 100% foreign ownership automatically cleared in the manufacturing sector. The Chinese SEZs for long have insisted on the joint venture with local partners.

v. 100% foreign investments automatically cleared in the manufacturing sector.

Dronagiri SEZ

· Location : Dronagiri Navi Mumbai near Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Area 690 hectares.

· It is one of the 14 developed nodes of Navi Mumbai.

· This SEZ is setup adjacent to commercial capital of India, Greater Mumbai.

· CIDCO which has developed the whole Navi Mumbai township including Dronagiri node is the Nodal Agency appointed by Government of Maharashtra (GOM) for Dronagiri SEZ.

· Navi Mumbai represents the largest ever planned urban development effort gobally with investment (planned and proposed) at US$2.5 billion

· Dronagiri node spread over 2500 ha.

· SEZ at Dronagiri spread over 690 ha. Expandable to 1000 ha.

· Located next to most modern state-of-the-art seaport, owned and managed by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) which has set a milestone of having handled over one million 20 ft. Containers during the last year.

· The proposal to provide the establishment and management of Marine Chemical Terminal (MCT) with the capacity to handle liquid volumes upto 5 million metric tonnes per annum is in process. Such n MCT can be strategic source of support for a petroleum part proposed as part of Dronagiri SEZ.

· External infrastructure linkage – both road and rail (National Highway 4A and 4B) – to the state –of-the-art standards already exist.

· Mother sources of supply of power and water to Dronagiri SEZ already established. Significant surplus capacities exist in these sources.

· Significant amount of internal infrastructure development within Dronagiri SEZ already completed. Such works cover reclamation, road network, water and sewer lines, power lines etc.

· New International Airport of Mumbai planned in the vicinity of SEZ.

· Located along the most dynamic and throbbing industrial belt of India namely Mumbai Pune corridor.

Priority of industrial sector

· Hi-tech industries including R&D

· Capital intensive industries

· Employment generating industries.

The industries proposed to be targetted are as given below. This is only an indicative list.

Permissible Industries

· Trading, processing repacking

· Re-conditioning, repairing

· Services

Proposed Industries

· Offshore financing and banking * Offshore trading and distribution * Electrical and electronic components manufacturer * Wood Furniture * Semi conductors and communication hardware * R&D labs * Toys * Bio-tech/pharmaceutical * Gem and jewellery * Apparel/garments * Reconditioning of automobiles * Printing and allied technology * Band with exchanges * Food processing * Rubber and plastic products * Tobacco products * Storage and handling of petroleum products.


Navi Mumbai : The City of the 21st Century

Navi Mumbai the city of the 21st Century is being developed as a counter magnet to Mumbai, with the basic objective of curbing further growth of the mega city of Mumbai. The largest new town development in the world, Navi Mumbai spreads over 344 sq. km with all the essential infrastructure in place. This modern city, with a target population of 2 million by the year 2003 AD, is being developed as a series of self contained nodes strung along an efficient Mass Transport System. The well-planned transportation network consisting of Road, Rail and Waterway systems makes the Navi Mumbai easily accessible from all parts of the country. The proposed Domestic cum International Airport is envisaged to further enhance this accessibility. A host of unique projects on the anvil such as the Multiplex and Family Entertainment Complex, International Exhibition Centre, Amusement Park, Golf Course, Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and the like are expected to catapult Navi Mumbai on to the world map.

Navi Mumbai, strategically located on the proposed Mumbai Pune ‘Knowledge Corridor’, has been receiving a lot of thrust with respect to Information Technology. The Government of Maharashtra has plans drawn up to develop Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune as high tech habitats for IT Industry.

The proposed trans-harbour link between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai is further expected to enhance the status of this city by forming yet another link with Mumbai. The water and power supply is abundant and uninterrupted and meeting existing demand with major projects under implementation to meet future demands. A well planned system for drainage, sewage and holding ponds for tidal water ensure freedom from flooding during monsoon.

CIDCO takes great care in preserving the natural environment and has reserved 58% of land in Navi-Mumbai for parks, gardens, green belts under power transmission lines, open areas, no-development zones and afforestation, to maintain a green and clean environment throughout this fast developing metropolis.

For details contact: S S Thakar, General Manager (Special Projects) CIDCO Bhavan, 6th Floor, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai – 400614 Tel: 022 – 7571177 / 7571241 Extn.: 608 Fax : 022 – 7571066 E-mail : cidco@vsnl.com Web : www.cidcoindia.com

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