A majority of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the country have come up near cities and have only added to the problems of urban governance.
The SEZs are not self-contained zones in terms of infrastructure and transportation
The Special Economic Zones (SEZs) refer to all forms of free trade zones including Export Promotion Zones (EPZs). In a short span of about five years, 585 SEZs have been approved, of which 143 have commenced exporting goods worth Rs. 300,000 crore, accounting for over 28 per cent of the country’s total exports. With an investment of Rs. 200,000 crore, SEZs today provide direct employment to over 700,000 persons, and also affect planned development of cities and metros in the country. Read more
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