15 years later Dahej SEZ, not enough industry, empty plote, volatile chemical pollution

Gandhinagar, 15 April 2021
The Dahej Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Ltd, a people-oriented public company of the Government of Gujarat, has increased its investment in this SEZ to Rs 42042 crore in 12 years.

The promoter of the company is the Government of India Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited. Dowry SEZ in Vagra taluka of Bharuch district is located in 1682 hectares of land at Vagra in Bharuch district in Gujarat.

The notification was issued in 2006 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

The SEZ has a network of chemical waste disposal.

Plots have been allocated to 85 industrial units. The real 7500 people got the job. With a capital investment of Rs 5.5 crore, one person gets a job, two people get indirect employment. 9000 people are employed indirectly. SEZ has 60 units till date. Business could not be started on 25 plots.

In 2010 there were two units. The exports were 84 crores. After 12 years, SEZ is exporting Rs 8123 crore. By September 2020, exports have reached Rs 4,027 crore. The export is expected to generate a turnover of Rs 10,000 crore.


Glenmark (dowry) is saved by allowing the disposal of wastewater into the sea.

Environmental public hearing for Adani Cement Company Peace Plant. Local residents raised questions on employment and pollution.

Seven buffaloes from Suva and Ambehata villages died due to polluted water discharged illegally from chemical industries.

On 12 June 2020, several fish died in the Narmada River near Jageshwar in Dahej due to a mix of contaminated water from Dahej and Wilayat GIDC.

Companies are also releasing chemical-rich water. Due to this, fish are dying in Narmada river. Many fish were found dead on the banks of river Narmada in Jageshwar village.

Chemically polluted water is discharged by some dowry chemical companies as well as chemical companies located in the province GIDC.

The GIDCs are located in Bharuch, Ankleshwar, Panoli, Jhagadia, Vagra, Dahej, Palej, Amod, Jambusar, Walia, Vilayat, Saykha in the district. There are 71 villages adjacent to GIDC. More than 35,000 people from 71 villages have been affected by the companies. Accidents in all GIDCs can affect not only the workers in the company but also the villagers. The total number of risky industries hiring for 11 more dye intermediates in Dahej would exceed 100.