Generic Urbanisation Delhi’s Reality

Human evolution is followed by developmental activities that assimilate heterogeneous living conditions. During all stages of development and economic activity, the nature of human habitation (settlement) keeps pace with changes in human needs, technology and available resources. In the past as human populations evolved from a nomadic life to cultivation of farmlands and permanent settlements, […]

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Dredging in Shallow Waters

Inland water transport is considered safe, economical, efficient and environment friendly worldwide. Development and maintenance of inland water transport for flood control, passengers, recreation, sports and tourism can further the economic and social development of a region, besides providing an alternative mean of livelihood to the local population. For efficient inland water transport, dredging is […]

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Building on a Flood Plain and a Fault Zone

Delhi is fragile, especially at its seams, commonly known as the fault line. Designated in Zone IV, Delhi is situated atop three active seismic fault lines—Sohna, Mathura and Delhi-Moradabad. A cursory glance at the India Meteorology Department’s first level seismic hazard microzonation map of Delhi (Fig 1.) reveals a high hazard scenario in north, north-east […]

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Traditional Genius and Earthquakes

Just as other tectonically active regions of the world, Uttarakhand too has witnessed devastating earthquakes in 1720 (Kumaun Earthquake), 1803 (Garhwal Earthquake), besides the Uttarkashi and Chamoli earth-quakes in 1991 and 1999. Despite these, hundred year old multi-storied houses are common in the region. Barring cattle sheds, single storied structures are practically never built. Both […]

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Regional Development and Planning in India

The understanding of development depends on the way it is defined. In 1995 Jonathan Crush, a global development studies professor at Queen’s, formulated in his book ‘Power of Development’ that development depends on who defines it, and for whom. As the origin of the concept of development lay in the western world, it remained Eurocentric […]

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Periurban India

Though the expression ‘periurban’ is used commonly, a clear and unambiguous definition is not yet available. However, a general consensus in literature leads to surmise these as fringe areas between rural and larger urban centres. Periurban areas have unique characteristics where general urban morphology is altered and traditional physical differences between urban and rural areas […]

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