GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 191
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people think that it would be better for large companies and industries to move to regional areas outside large urban centres.
Do you think the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
The debate over the relocating of giant corporations and industries from urban centres to suburban locations is heating up. Many people believe it would confer positive impacts, and I completely agree with this notion.
Moving mid-sized and large companies and industries to suburban areas have a few negative impacts, according to some. However, one downside that stands out above the rest is inadequate infrastructure. For example, infrastructure like electricity system, road and transport system, water, sewage, and even internet is not as developed as those in urban areas, creating communication breakdown or regular power outage, and thus rising production cost. Aside from this, if backward linkage industries still remain in the city centre, eventually the transportation cost will be increased owing to low developed highways and roads, and the fair distance of travelling.
On the hand, the relocation of industries and companies brings considerable benefits. First of all, building factories or offices require vast areas of land, and in the remote regions, the land is likely available and cheaper compared to city centres. In addition to this, many overheads are comparatively cheaper. Therefore, it is economical to erect a building for a factory or office. Second, the lower cost of living is a real advantage. Put simply, housing, in suburban regions, is cheaper, food price is lower, and services such as haircuts, lawn mowing and so on, are also cheaper. Third, workers in rural areas can be recruited for a lower wage. Last but not least, a plethora of job opportunities is augmented, which would, in turn, help destroy the vicious circle of poverty and economic stagnation, and the living standards of the rural population will rise accordingly.
All things considered, it seems sensible to conclude that the drawbacks of relocating large companies and industries are eclipsed by its benefits in the sense that poverty will be eradicated substantially.