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Underdevelopment by Design? Undermining Vital Infrastructure in Orissa
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 41, No. 7 (Feb. 18-24, 2006), pp. 642-648
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4417843
Page Count: 7
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Based on primary source material, this paper unravels the undermining of development of vital transport infrastructure in Orissa, namely, Paradeep port and a proposed railway line for exploiting the rich mineral resources of the state's hinterland. As the analysis suggests, quite apart from the importance of the contemporary macroeconomic strategies and the inefficiency of resource use, an explanation in a quasi-federal set-up of continuing regional deprivation must be sought in the design of the politico-bureaucratic pressure tactics and the process by which major public sector investment proposals eventually have to succumb to the compulsions of contingent politics of vested interests.
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