Land acquisition, employment loss, and women's participation in income generation in the coastal belt of South Gujarat

This article analyses the industrialisation process in Hazira, situated on the coastal belt of South Gujarat in India. The author sets out to gauge the impact of industrial development on land distribution, on the employment opportunities of local people, as well as on the environment. The views of different stakeholders - villagers and industrialists - are presented. The status of women is examined, in particular the kind of occupations women are involved in, their skills and earnings, the time they spend on economic and domestic activities, and the attitude of male family members towards their work.