Smart cities are viewed essentially in terms of infrastructural facilities and ‘e-amenities’ aimed at improved governance, capital and investment. Although the improvement in overall governance and quality of life is laudable, understanding residents’ attitudes and behaviour towards women is also crucial.
As per the Census of India 2011, the growth rate of urbanisation during 2001-11 was 31.8 per cent which was higher than the total population growth rate of 17.6 per cent during the same period. By the year 2021, more than 432 million people will live in urban areas and this is likely to increase to 670 million by 2031. As per the report titled ‘Indian Realty—through the looking glass’, which is a joint initiative of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Jones Lang Lasalle states, an estimated...
Change in land use-land cover (LULC) is a worldwide phenomenon. However, in certain places, the rate of change is expeditious, particularly because of increasing population, huge rural to urban migration and urban growth within a limited space. Ahmedabad is experiencing an unprecedented growth mainly around its periphery.
In India, urbanisation is increasing at faster rate than necessary infrastructural development. Cities are populated beyond its capacity. Upgradation of Delhi NCR as a smart city may help in sustainable land-use and development.
India's Smart Cities Mission envisages some developments in terms of infrastructure in several urban centres. However, it ignores to address the problem of land acquisition and land management, without which all change would seem superfluous.
The concept of smart cities is gaining ground with the government’s resolve to set up 100 new smart cities all over the country. To be smart, each such city should be able to deliver basic and infrastructure services quickly and efficiently, while providing safety and security to its residents.
Lessons learnt from large scale acquisition of land for planned development of Delhi under the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 have gone on to frame the new Land Acquisition Act of 2013. Yet, some major concerns remain unaddressed to this day.
The private city is an emerging urban trend that could circumvent democratic processes at the local level, by vesting the authority to govern the area to private parties. This form of governance demonstrates a substantial shift from modernist tradition of democratic governance in urban areas. It is thus imperative to bring the discussion into the public sphere and debate the structure and effects of privatising urban governance.
India’s periurban centres can play a crucial role in creating a balanced urbanisation structure. Yet, they are often left out in the planning process. The essay highlights the concerns of these neither-rural-nor-urban centres and brings forth the ramifications of ignoring these spaces in the Indian context.
With the rise of small towns and cities, urbanisation in India is far more diffused compared to the past. However, it is largely dependent on economic activities that have weak linkages in terms of value-addition and employment.