Does Administrative Status Matter for Small Towns in India?

  • Partha Mukhopadhyay
Part of the Exploring Urban Change in South Asia book series (EUCS)


Urban transformation in India is less about moving people, that is to say rural-urban migration, than about morphing places, or the change in the economic structure of existing settlements, many of which continue to be governed as rural areas. From 2001 to 2011, of the 90 million people newly classified as part of the urban population, approximately 40 million were added through natural growth, 20 million by migration and the remaining 30 million were a result of this phenomenon of morphing places, in particular the creation of new Census towns. This chapter asks whether administrative status matters in these small towns, in terms of access to basic services such as water and sanitation. It also looks at the rural neighbourhoods of these small towns and asks the same question. The first part of the inquiry indicated that, subject to the state level caveats, there might not be a major distinction between non-proximate Census towns, and towns with urban administrative status in India. Thus, there is little to distinguish villages that are proximate to Census towns from those proximate to statutory towns.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Policy Research (CPR)New DelhiIndia

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