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Land Use Dynamics in a Developing Economy

Regional Perspectives from India

Fazal, Shahab

2013, VI, 96 p. 19 illus., 14 illus. in color.

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  • Gives a new approach of the study of land transformation in peri-urban interfaces.
  • Show the urban population movements over decades in small north Indian cities and the implication of these movements.  

Today, India still remains a rural agricultural country although the share of urban population has also increased. But these figures do not tell the whole story. There are evidences that urban growth is dispersed and urban sprawl promotes the spread of urban land use into the rural-urban fringe.

The book investigates the land transformation and the driving forces which were influencing the land transformation. The present study was done on peri urban interface (PUI) of Aligarh city, a relatively small city, but as other north Indian cities, it is also expanding rapidly. Moreover, it too is surrounded by a populous rural area with productive and rich agricultural hinterland. Such conditions give rise to many conflicts and mutually beneficial complementarities in the rural and urban spheres.

The result shows that the demand for land is high. This results in informal urban development fulfilling the requirements of many of the city’s residents. Every piece of land is a tradable commodity, and the pursuit of short-term profits is the predominant ethic. The actors in PUI are strong because it is characterized by intermixing of rural and urban activities and interests as well as the number of actors are greater than in any other area.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Aligarh City - Cropland - Land Transformation - Peri-urban Interface - Urban Expansion - Urban Shadow Effect

Related subjects » Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Geography - Population Studies

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From the Contents: What is ‘urban’ and what is ‘rural’?.- Outside the city boundaries: the areas surrounding urban centers.- Methodology and Data Sources.-Conceptualizing Peri-Urban interface.- Peri-Urban Interactions.- The Study Area.- Land in Aligarh’s Pui.- Factors Influencing Land Transformation.- Actors and Their Role in Pui Land Transformation.

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