Natural Environment: Towards (Re)Generative Cities
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Modern urban development in India has largely ignored the issue of the natural environment. Indeed, the two are often perceived as existing in separate silos — with the environment as an afterthought if that. Large infrastructure projects, land reclamation, water delivery, and waste disposal systems are planned with little thought to their impact on the environment. Cities draw increasingly heavily on the natural resources of their surroundings. For instance, almost every Indian city relies on the surrounding rural areas for its water supply, and then pumps the wastewater into neighbouring rivers, lakes, or the sea. The air pollution generated by cities is not partially absorbed by greenery within the city, but spreads to a wider area. Similarly, solid waste is often disposed of in landfills around the city, polluting the earth and groundwater.
KeywordsPublic Transport Informal Settlement Urban Form Urban Sustainability Indian City
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