Indian Urbanization: Proliferation of Mega Cities and Urban Corridors

  • B. K. Roy
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A high degree of urbanization exists in India today. This is due to the colonial base and subsequent haphazard growth after independence which gave birth to a peculiar disorder of urban spaces and development. Peopling of growing urban areas could not be planned; rather, all new developments which occurred were merely aligned to the old systems. In trying to understand India’s overall urbanization system, one may note that there is a total of 300 towns and urban agglomerations with over 100,000 people. China is the only other Asian nation to have more such cities. All other Asian countries, although having acute urban problems, have a considerably lower number of urban centers with this many people.


Urban Population Urban Growth Urban Space Urban Agglomeration Urbanization Level 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. K. Roy
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  1. 1.National Atlas and Thematic Mapping OrganizationGovernment of IndiaMasjid Moth New DelhiIndia

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