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Urban Utopias pp 189-205 | Cite as

Excavating the City: Metro Rail Construction and Imagination of Past in Contemporary Jaipur

  • Garima Dhabhai
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Abstract

Metro Rail, an instrument for restructuring urban space in contemporary India into a mold of ‘world class’ city, is beginning its journey in Jaipur’s walled enclave/old city. At this very moment, the material process of this birth is being written onto the land and built environment of the city. In Jaipur, this initial moment of spatial reordering has become an exercise in reading the possible ‘pasts’ that are strewn across the city. Through detailing contestations between varied stakeholders such as government departments, groups agitating against the metro, and popular histories of the city over metro construction, the chapter seeks to describe the process of valuation of the city’s past, filtered through the trope of heritage-laden development and thriving tourism industry.

Keywords

Urban Space Walled City Royal Family Metro Line Heritage Conservation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Garima Dhabhai
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  1. 1.Centre for Political StudiesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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