SEZ Expansion In Andhra Pradesh

“We are losing everything. We had everything. We were happy. Now we are losing control.” These are the words of Raulamma, a fisherwoman from Midderevu village in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. What is the cause of Raulamma’s distress? Some time ago, the state government decided to expand the nearby port of Krishnapatnam, as a support to the huge, bustling port at Chennai, one of India’s largest cities. As a result, over a dozen nearby villages are being evacuated, common property resources like grazing lands are becoming off-limits for the locals, the fishing grounds are getting depleted and the subsequent pollution is vitiating the atmosphere. The entire lives of thousands of people are forcibly being changed, beyond recognition. And yet, the people themselves appear to have little say in the matter. No wonder, they feel they have no one to turn to for help. The same sense of helplessness and despair is pervading a cluster of villages in the nearby Tada mandal in the same district. A government-sponsored SEZ (Special Economic Zone) has recently come up in the area, where multinational companies are moving in and the local people are being squeezed out to make room for them. Consequently, the people are losing their homes, livelihoods and their whole way of life.


Title: SEZ Expansion In Andhra Pradesh
Authors: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Tags: human rights
agricultural labour
Date: 30-May-2008
Publisher: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
Category Type: Reports
Appears in Sub-Collections:Land grabbing

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