BMRDA and the SEZs

When I first heard about Nandagudi SEZ, I was confused. After all, Nandagudi is one of the five peripheral localities where BMRDA is planning to setup integrated townships. If you dont believe me, go to this BMRDA page for reference, it says Bidadi, Ramanagaram, Solur, Santhanur and Nandagudi. We know that work on Bidadi integrated township is in the works. BMRDA has invited bids etc. We were told that once they learn things a bit at Bidadi, similar bids would be invited for other four townships as well.

With that background, tell me if my confusion is valid. To top it further, I read last week that SEZ things are in progress for Ramangaram, Solur and Santhanur as well.

So what is it exactly? The SEZ on these peripheral towns are meant to be competition for BMRDA’s integrated townships? Or are they meant to complement? Or, are these peripheral SEZs a part of BMRDA’s peripheral plans themselves?

BMRDA’s peripheral plans are the best and, with the exception of BMIC, the only practical and viable plan to de-congest and re-plan Bangalore. City spreads around a bit, with nice road network to go from one peripheral area to another (those ring roads) – I am super excited about this possibility in not so far future.

But this SEZ thing has me looking for some answers now. Anyone has any valid ones? If you have read my earlier posts, I am not a big fan of the SEZ idea as such. Even then, I don’t see them to be that bad a thing provided all the land acquisition muddle can be sorted out in politically correct ways. Just that these huge SEZs need to fit in with the nice plans they have to build namma Greater Bangalore. Thats all my lord.

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3 Responses

  1. Hi Pranav
    Read your blog, found it interesting. I work in Bangalore Mirror and wanted to know if it was ok to use your blog for Blog talk section, where city based blogs are featured?
    Please mail me your permission at nt.balanarayan at gmail.com

  2. Thanks Balu. I did reply to your email.

  3. Maybe the answer lies in – at what rates the land acquisition transaction happens. If BMRDA acquires land it might have a ceiling beyond which it cannot. Maybe the SEZ scheme allows for better rates, tomorrow if there is an even better rates scheme we might find that new thing is also involved in the same space. Finally the people who have invested in Nandagudi (some pseudo farmers) get to call the shots.

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