Why not have sustainable development everywhere?Sholinghur in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu could be an ideal example of sustainable development. There are three huge factories of an auto ancillary group and a few more small units of the same group, offering direct employment to over 2500 people and another ten thousand people through indirect sub-contract jobs. The service sector development is huge as well. However,the town itself has not grown beyond description retaining a balance between semi urban development and agriculture which is very rich in the surrounding villages. More so, where the ground water potential is huge.
The disposable income feeds private schools in Chennai at the plus two level and flats and apartments in Chennai. Not many youngsters like to settle down here. So land values are still high but not unmanageable. The agricultural produce gets sold here itself.
Why not have more of such sustainable development? Too much of industrial developments in metros will only bring in other problems like huge transport problems, water problems and so on.
Do we really have any course on sustainable development? Our economic research institutes should do massive research on sustainable development and make solid suggestions for appropriate policy making.