Measuring Sustainability of Development in Planned Hill Towns: A Case of New Tehri Town
This paper aims to assess the sustainability of development, addressed in low-rise hill settlement. The study is done, in the context of New Tehri township in Uttarakhand that was developed to resettle the residents of settlements affected by Tehri Dam, completed in 1993 and which was awarded Prime Minister’s national award for excellence in planning and design in the hills in 2000. The findings reveal that accessibility has a direct relation to the population density and land use mix. The area with better accessibility and mixed land use proportions are performing better at sustainability level than the areas with poor access to public transport and community facilities. The study also emphasizes the need to develop an urban sustainability assessment framework/tool for hill settlements which could be useful for addressing the new development area and identifying the possible shortcomings of the developed area.
KeywordsSustainability assessment Hill towns Low-rise development New Tehri Town Spatial analysis
The authors would like to thank the Public Works Department, Infrastructure Rehab. Division, New Tehri (Master Plan), Municipal Corporation Office (Ward Map), Baurari, and Statistical office Tehri Garhwal Uttarakhand (Population data) for providing access to maps and related information about the New Tehri Township.
- 8.Tehri City Population Census 2011—Uttarakhand. Available: http://www.census2011.co.in/data/town/800300-tehri-uttarakhand.html