Monday, May 28, 2007

Between an SEZ here and an SEZ there…in China

When the people of Uttar Pradesh elected Mayawati’s BSP with a thumping majority (overthrowing Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi Party), her first item in the agenda for governance was a given – review all SEZ cleared by the Mulayam Singh, the former Chief Minister of the State.

In one of its most significant decisions since assuming power, the Mayawati government in UP has announced its intention to refer the allotment of 1,200 acres of land to Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group for setting up an SEZ, to the Union government for review.

I also had a lookback at Nandigram riots in West Bengal (over Tata's SEZ) where the Left rules – for several decades now.

I was reading Vinnie's post on instant Chinese cities (Thanks Vinnie, for the pointer) and felt a bit wistful. How long would it take for our people to learn from our enterprising neighbors?

Excerpts from NatGeo article -

“In 23 minutes, they designed an office, a hallway, and three living rooms for factory managers. On the top floor, the workers' dormitories required another 14 minutes. All told, they had mapped out a 21,500-square-foot (2,000 square meters) factory, from bottom to top, in one hour and four minutes. Boss Gao handed the scrap of paper to the contractor. The man asked when they wanted the estimate."How about this afternoon?"

The contractor looked at his watch.

It was 3:48 p.m.

"I can't do it that fast!"

"Well, then tell me early in the morning."

That’s how they do it in China. We bloody well understand and fast…

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