Q. 5

How to identify a location for establishing an industry?

Divide your class into groups. Each group is a Board of Directors faced with the problem of choosing suitable site for an iron and steel plant Developed Dweep. A team of technical experts have submitted a report with notes and a map. The team considered access to iron-ore, coal, water and limestone, as well as the main market, sources of labour and port facilities. The team has suggested two sites, X and Y. the Board of Directors has to take the final decision about where to locate the steel plant.

Read the report submitted by the team.



● Study the map to find out the distances of the resources from each site.

● Give each resources a “weight” from 1 to 10 according to its importance. The greater the ‘pull’ of the factor on the industry, the higher the weight from 1 to 10.

● Complete the table.

● The site with the lowest total should be the most satisfactory site.

● Remember each group of directors can decide differently.

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