Madras Export Processing Zone (MEPZ)
MEPZ Special Economic Zone was established in 1984 with the objective of promoting foreign direct investment, enhancing foreign exchange earnings, and creating greater employment opportunities.
The Zone was converted into a Special Economic Zone on 1.1.2003. The added objective of the SEZ is to facilitate exports through reduction of transaction costs. To this effect, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries has introduced special features that include Offshore Banking Units and Container Freight Stations to be set up within the Zone, besides liberalised Customs procedures. It is expected that the cost, time and effort saved would translate to higher exports from the Zone.
MEPZ SEZ is a multi-product Zone housing 117 functional units. Another 27 units are under various stages of implementation. The export turnover for the year 2006-2007 was Rs.2462 Crores. Garments, software and engineering products contributed more than 50% of export value. Recent growth has been in engineering sector with special reference to automobile ancillaries.
Located in Chennai (formerly Madras), the Zone is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries and caters to the needs of both units in the Special Economic Zone as well as of 100% EOUs located in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar islands. The Zone is headed by Development Commissioner.
Modern Harbour (Sea Port)Chennai Port is an artificial harbour situated 24 kms from MEPZ SEZ on the Coromandel Coast in South-East India and it is the second principal Port for handling Containers. Chennai Port has 21 alongside berths in the 3 Docks viz., Dr.Ambedkar Dock, Jawahar Dock, Bharathi Dock and Container Terminal. The Chennai climate permits port operations throughout the year.
The Port authorities have taken measures to reduce turnaround time. At present, berths are available on demand. Chennai port has privatized the Container Terminal which is now managed efficiently by CCL.
International Airport (AIR PORT)The international airport is situated at Trisulam 6 Km North of MEPZ SEZ.
The domestic network links Chennai with 20 important cities within the country. The INDIAN AIRLINES serves a majority of the sectors. JET AIRWAYS and SAHARA AIRLINES also operate in Chennai.
International Airport facilitates passengers from London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Muscat, Bahrain, Dhahran, Jeddah, Singapore, Kuala Lampur and Sri Lanka. Besides AIR INDIA and INDIAN AIRLINES . BRITISH AIRWAYS, LUFTHANSA, SINGAPORE AIRLINES, MALAYSIAN AIRLINES, AIR LANKA, OMAN AIR, GULF AIR and SAUDI AIRLINES are operating direct flights to and from Chennai.
Tirisulam, Chennai - 600 100
Ph : 2340569, 2341971, 2340340
ANNA TERMINAL caters to the International Passengers
Tirisulam, Chennai - 600 100
Ph : 2340551
Chennai has an excellent network of financial institutions such as ICICI, IDBI, SIDCO, SIPCOT, TIDCO and commercial banks to provide the requisite term loan and working capital finance. MEPZ SEZ is served by Indian Bank. ABN-AMRO and Indian Bank provide 24-hour ATM facilities.
About ChennaiChennai occupies a vantage position for trade and commerce. Popularly regarded as the "Gateway to the South", Chennai boasts of a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. Music, dance and all other art forms of the South are cherished and nurtured in this industrialized city. Chennai is a city where the traditional and the modern blend in life harmoniously.
Chennai boasts of a strong educational and technological base. It is home to the renowned IIT, Madras, besides several other professional colleges, research institutions, polytechnics, and industrial training institutes.
Other Locational AdvantagesMEPZ SEZ is easily accessible from the city center by efficient public transport, suburban railway, buses, and Cabs. Located on National Highway 45, it is located 6 Km from the international airport and 24 Kms. from the seaport. It is a mere 45 minute ride from the city center.
MEPZ SEZ provides
- a pollution free environment
- In-house Customs clearance facilities
- Uninterrupted power supply
- Abundant supply of skilled and managerial manpower
- Proximity to airport and suburban Railway Station
MEPZ SEZ has been notified by the Government of Tamil Nadu as a public utility whereby the Units are protected from illegal strikes. All labour laws of the land are however, applicable to units located in the Zone.
Details of Plot and Standard Design Factory Buildings
MEPZ SEZ is spread over an area of 262 acres (109 hectares ). It offers developed plots as well as built up factory space. Plot size ranges from 1 to 5 acres, and allotment is on 15-year lease basis. Built up space in Standard Design Factories (SDF) varies from 300 to 500 sq. m. and is allotted on 5-year renewable lease. The normal lease period is 15 years. The details of plots and ready built sheds are:
|Phase - I||Phase - II||Total|
|Area Developed (acres)||98||164||262|
|Area Converted into plots (acres)||49||95||144|
|Area allotted (acres)||49||94||143|
|Area available (acres)||0||1||1|
|No. of Plots developed (nos.)||79||65||144|
|No. of plots allotted (nos)||79||65||144|
|Balance available for allotment (nos)||0||0||0|
Land and built up space are offered at most competitive lease rentals.
|Lease Rent for Land||Rs. 45 per sq.mtr per annum|
|Standard Design Factory||Rs.710 per sq.mtr per annum|
|Water Charges||Rs.25 per Kilo Litre|
|Electricity Charges||L.T connection: Upto 200 Units Rs.4.60 per unit
Above 200 Units Rs.5.10 per unit
H.T.connections: Upto 1500 Rs.3.60 per unit
Above 1501 Rs.4.40 per unit
The lease rent for land/SDF and the water charges are payable to the Development Commissioner, MEPZ SEZ .
The Electricity charges are payable to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board directly. The Electricity Board announces tariff from time to time. The electricity charges indicated above are effective w.e.f. 1.12.2001.
Uninterrupted power supply is assured by the State Government by means of a dedicated 230 KV Sub-Station, capable of supplying 30 MW.
MEPZ SEZ provides water to the units through the exclusive arrangement with TWAD Board from the Palar river. Water connection is given upon application from the licenced unit.
An exclusive telephone exchange is functioning within MEPZ SEZ . The Exchange has Optic Fibre Connectivity facility. Telephone connections are easily available from Telecom Department . Units are permitted to import and install facsimile equipment free of customs duty. ISDN connections or dedicated lease lines can be easily obtained.
A Post Office functions within the Zone.
MEPZ SEZ has set up a Video Conferencing facility in the Administrative Building to cater to the needs of the EPZ units and EOUs. The Video Conferencing can be had point to point using ISDN (128 kbps). Multi point conferencing can also be organized provided the booking is made sufficiently in advance.
With the help of the dedicated leased circuit hired from VSNL, MEPZ SEZ has set up a DNS server and email facility is provided to each desk to enable the EOUs to communicate with the MEPZ SEZ through email.
The establishment of AIRTEL tower in the zone is expected to enhance the communication through mobile telephony.
Other Infrastructural Facilities
- A crèche is run by the MEPZ SEZ Manufacturers' Association for benefit of worker's, children.
- An ESIS dispensary functions within the Zone for the benefit of workers.
- Solid waste disposal is managed by the Maintenance agency for a fee.
- Banking facilities include two ATMs and an Indian Bank branch with facilities for Foreign Exchange transactions.
- Warehouse to store goods operated by Central Warehousing Corporation.
- Continued beautification of the Zone to make it environment friendly and make working in the zone a pleasure.
MEPZ Special Economic Zone, Administrative Building, N.H.45,
Tambaram, Chennai 600 045, India.
Phone 91-44-22628220, 22628230
Please Contact Telephone No.91-44-22628305 on Saturdays and Holidays
Email Addresses of others:
|Name and Designation of the Officer||Email ID|
|S. Gopala Krishnan IAS|
Jt. Development Commissioner
|Dr. Venkat Ram Reddy, IRS|
Dy. Commissioner (Customs)
|Smt. Kumari Radhakrishnan|
Sr. Accounts Officer
Asst. Development Commissioner (SEZ UNITS)
Asst. Development Commissioner (ADJUDICATION)
Asst. Development Commissioner (EOU)
Asst. Development Commissioner (Private SEZs)
Asst. Development Commissioner (EOU)
Asst. Development Commissioner, (ADMIN) - PVT SEZ - DLF
Asst. Development Commissioner(Estate Management - PVT SEZ (Coimbatore-Hitech)
Asst. Development Commissioner - PVT SEZ - SOUTH
Jr. Hindi Translator
PA to Development Commissioner
|Anit Hemalatha, PA to Dy. Development Commissioner / Admin 2
(T. HENRY FRANKLIN)
|R. Sriram PA to Jt. Development Commissioner
|S. Sumitra Devi, Asst
Accounts Section 2
|Usha Ramesh, Asst.
EOU 1 Section
Steno EOU-4 Section
UDC EOU-3 Section
|R. Yagna Shankar
Accounts Section 3
UDC, EM-2 Section