JNPT has extended the due date for the submission of expression of interest (EoI) bids for setting up industrial/manufacturing units for the development of a port-based special economic zone (SEZ). The date has been extended from December 31, 2015 to March 31, 2016. The EoI bids were invited in November 2015. The scope of the tender includes availing a minimum plot area of 1 hectare for setting up any non-polluting manufacturing industry with preferred sectors including light engineering and apparel, multi-services (IT and health care) and renewable energy. The SEZ will be developed over 277 hectares of land on EPC basis with an investment of Rs 40 billion.