About the Book :
This book is a collection of essays by Dr. V. Nath, former Chief of Urban and Regional Planning at the Planning Commission. He wrote these essays as India was urbanizing since Independence until more recent times when India is experiencing a state of restructured and globalised economy. It includes discussion on myriad aspect of urbanization and metropolitization with special emphasis on trends and reasons for rapid urbanization; concentration of urban population in cities and mega cities; emergence of rurban corridors as priority areas of urban growth; role of cities as vehicles of economic growth and modernization; urban poverty and growth of slums. Several essays focus on changing spatial structure of the cities: the old model, the emerging model and the need for a new model to encompass the outward spatial growth engulfing villages around it and the growth of slums along side the central city. The focus is also on lack of urban renewal, slow or half-hearted implementation of the plans for growth of cities, politicization of municipal bodies, insufficient investment for expansion in provision of services like water supply, sewerage and roads. It gives hope for the future due to improvement in urban management and the activist role played by the judicial system the courts and several civil society organizations. The book is especially a good reading who wants to peep into the processes of Indian urbanization with policy implications and hence suitable for urbanalogists, urban planners and students with interests in India's urban and metropolitization problems.
About Author :
S.K. Aggarwal is at present Professor of Geography at Delhi University. He has studied Geography at the universities of Punjab (India), Akron and Kent State (USA). He has taught geography in the US and India and delivered lectures on Environmental Health and Mega Cities. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Bonn, and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Akron, Ohio. Among several research and teaching assignments within India and abroad, Professor Aggarwal has been honored to be a Full Member of the International Geographical Union (IGU), Commission on Health and Environment and IGU Task Force on Mega Cities. Recently, Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany has honored him to be on their panel of experts on selection and evaluation of Research Projects on Emerging Mega Cities in the developing countries.
Vishwambhar Nath spent his entire career as a development economist in India, the Middle East and Africa. Born in Lahore on July 14, 1923, Dr. Nath trained as a geographer and economist joined the Indian Planning Commission in 1950. He worked on the Census of India and led the Project Evaluation Organization (PEO) of the Planning Commission to evaluate the Community Development Programme. Later assignments in the Planning Commission included work in the Natural Resources and Urban Planning Divisions. In between in 1957, he joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and was the District Collector in Sawai Madhopur and Pali districts in Rajasthan. This volume is based on his work in Sawai Madhopur and later in The Punjab. From 1966 to 1984 Dr. Nath worked with the United Nations as a development economist in the Middle East and West Africa and worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Development Studies Centre of Boston University, USA and at The Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. His academic interests include work in Economic Development. Regional Planning, Urbanization, Rural Development and Administration and Planning.