As is now evident, the present troubles of the cities are a world-wide experience. The causes are everywhere fundamentally the same: the growth of urban populations well above that of national averages, the extreme mobility of the population, both in respect of the daily tide of commuters and in the longer run through change of base. City growth is largely due to rural/urban migration: but where the net reproduction rate is high (as it is in most L.D.C.s) the expansion of the initial city population may be an important contributory factor. As we have seen, the main weight of the population explosion falls on the large cities, which exercise a magnetism lacking in the smaller towns. This is general experience. The purpose of this chapter is to explore and discuss the particular aspects of the urban crisis which most affect India.
KeywordsLarge City Traffic Congestion Land Acquisition Urban Poverty Indian City
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