By Ankit Sikarwar and Aparajita Chattopadhyay
The authors are from International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai. email@example.com
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.
Urbanisation can prove to be a gift to human civilisation if it is harmonised and maintained in accordance with the carrying capacity of nature. According to the United Nations Population Fund, the world’s urban population is expected to reach 81 per cent by 2030 (Imhoff et al., 2010). The conversion of rural areas into urban complexes is occurring at an unprecedented rate in the recent human history and thus, is having an obvious effect on the natural functioning of the...