Edited by Kris Bezdecny and Kevin Archer
Chapter 8: Quality of life in Indian cities
The importance of cities for communities and nations is growing by the day. This is happening because it is in cities where aspirations are fulfilled. India, an emerging nation in South Asia, prominently displays these trends, where cities and the adjoining region are growing in size and population. With increasing concentration, the urban region is undergoing transformation in a major way. This chapter offers a country perspective on the nature of Indian cities based on appraisal of population and migration characteristics, and aspects of quality of life, such as housing, water and drainage, sanitation, mobility and economy. Towards the end, the mechanisms created for governing cities are described. It is concluded that Indian cities and urban agglomerations are expected to experience gradual urbanization. The emerging problems, however, need to be urgently resolved. A comprehensive and superior understanding of city characteristics built through this contribution will be useful for determining how populated cities in developing countries should be governed.
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