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Social Effects of SEZs

Aradhna Aggarwal

in Social and Economic Impact of SEZs in India

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077275
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081035 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077275.003.0010
Social Effects of SEZs

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This chapter covers some of the most contentious social implications of special economic zones (SEZs), which have given rise to raging debate in the country. These include land acquisition, rural empowerment, urban management, real estate development, and environment. The analysis heavily draws on the existing literature and international experiences. It presents anecdotal evidence of best practices which draws on a 2009 survey of newly notified zones in India. It also addresses questions such as: Are SEZs a real estate proposition? Should the private sector be allowed to develop SEZs? SEZs, if successful, have huge potential of bringing about social transformation in the country. To reap the benefits of this opportunity, a comprehensive strategy needs to be designed to develop regional/sub-regional plans around the SEZ areas.

Keywords: SEZs; India; land acquisition; rural empowerment; urban management; real estate development; environment; urbanization; poverty

Chapter.  11738 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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