About the Book :
This study is an investigative effort into the complex processes of flow of materials and energy into the city, their use patterns and end results by way of disposal of waste and out flow of finished products. The environmental impacts of these; well being of people and their perception of environment are also studied. It is found that while the city residents are comfortably placed with regard to housing and community facilities, they are not well placed so far as possession of economic goods and services is concerned. Varrying perceptions of housing and neighbourhood; conditions are explained in terms of variations of income, education, age and sex. Perception of physical and social environment are found to vary in dir ferent pockets of the city and these are related to the background conditions of the residents. Flows of consumption goods into the city are directed, by and large, towards South Hyderabad, which has a huge consumer potential in its large population pool. Fuel flows, however, are directed more towards North Hyderabad for use in Railways, Industries, etc. Higher income groups are found to use more energy efficient fuels. Industries which are by and large, located in the north-eastern and north western parts are heavily dependent on places outside the state for raw materials as well as markets. Wastes that are an end products of the urban consumption process are not deftly handled, and lead; to various types of environmental nuisance, diseases and hazards. Environmental conditions are be coming alarming, especially in the rapidly expanding industrial are of the city.
About Author :
K.N. Gopi is Professor of Geography with many years of research and teaching to his credit. He has made substantial contributions in the fields of Urbanisation, Urban and Regional Planning. Among his important books are Urbanisation in Middle Africa (1976), Process of Urban Fringe Development: A Model (1978), Urban Growth and Industrial Locations (1980), Settlement System of India (1982). Besides he has a number of research papers published in learned national and international Journals. Dr. Gopi, at present, is teaching at Osmania University, Hyderabad and also actively engaged in research on problems of Urbanisation and Urban Development. William Ramsay, after earlier research in high-energy nuclear physics and astrophysics, has studied the systems analysis of village economies, urban land use, and waste-management systems. From 1972 to 1975, at the Atomic Energy Commission, he worked on environmental aspects of energy production, and late, as technical adviser to one of the commissioners of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he dealt with nuclear proliferation, safety, and risk analysis. His recent research as a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future and now as Director of the Bio-Energy Project at Georgetown University Centre for Strategic and international Studies has focused on health and environmental costs of conventional and renewable energy sources and on energy economic problems in developing areas. He is a co-author of Energy Strategies for Developing Nations.
Kalpana Markandey did her doctorate from Osmania University, Hyderabad and has been teaching at the Geography Department of the same University for the past three decades. She has been the Head of the Department and Chairperson Board of Studies of this Department with a credit of starting M.Sc. Geoinformatics at Osmania University. She has contribution of publishing nine books and around 35 research papers having successfully completed ten research projects. She is also member of numerous professional bodies.