New Towns and Satellite Cities in their Metropolises
This publication gathers together contributions from different experts involved in the EAST (Euro Asia Sustainable Towns) project. The contributors originate from India, China, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, the United States and France, and come from a variety of different backgrounds, including academic researchers, urban planners, architects, political scientists and practitioners.
From New Towns to Special Economic Zones: Issues Related to Greenfield Urban Development in India
I. New Towns in India: Symbols of a Strong Political Will
From New Towns to Special Economic Zones
Issues Related to Greenfield Urban Development in India
Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Urban transformations are undoubtedly the “New Frontier” required to facilitate India’s integration into the global order. As in China,1 in India too the urbanization process faces formidable challenges due to its huge population base, high population density, rapid economic growth, a relatively low urbanisation rate and sharp regional imbalances. In view of the rate of economic growth in most Indian states, particularly in the development corridors in the country’s South-West, a number of authors have expressed the fear that the limited urban infrastructure might prove to be a hindrance in a context where local authorities have difficulties in dealing with an explosive mix of high poverty rates, environmental hazards, management lapses and growing economic demand.
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