Mapping of Urban Growth Dynamics in Kolkata Metropolitan Area: A Geospatial Approach

  • Sushobhan Majumdar
  • Lakshmi SivaramakrishnanEmail author
Part of the Contemporary South Asian Studies book series (CSAS)


Urban growth means high population growth in cities with the horizontal and vertical growth of the built-up area and increase in the land price. Different metropolitan cities all over the world experienced city growth in different time period. Kolkata is one of the cities among them. At present, the population of Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) is growing at a faster rate than the city core. This is because Kolkata city is totally saturated, and as a result, demand for land within city core is increasing and it creates extreme pressure on land. The land price of the city core areas is beyond the affordable limit of the people so people are moving towards fringe areas. This paper attempts to show the temporal changes of the mean centre of population in and around Kolkata city. It also tries to analyse the changing nature of land use for which supervised classification techniques have been used. This study reveals that the shifting centre of population is from south to north-eastern side of Kolkata on the eastern side of the river Hooghly.


Land price Land use Mean centre of population Supervised classification Urban growth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyJadavpur UniversityJadavpur, KolkataIndia

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