The (un)Intended Territorial Planning: Symptoms of Transformation in Urban-Rural Landscapes of West Bengal, India
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Urban Bias underpinning planning policies in India downplay and ignore altogether hybrid urban-rural conditions they create. Road developments connecting urban cores of the country affect broader and diverse scape leading to hybrid forms of urbanisation. These such hybrid regions feature a persistence of rural economies, high-frequency shorter-term commuting, loosely regulated development. Consequently, unprepared local-bodies of governance in hybrid regions are unable to respond to the sharp unplanned and uneven forms of urbanisation along these corridors of development. In India, this condition is exacerbated in the Bengal region, centre to the drawing board for many trans-national and international road development projects, and supporting a large, dense rural population that is socio-economically dynamic and youthful. Symptomatic reading of the region shows reactionary transformation brought by all-weathered connectivity and mobility. Organisation of space demonstrates change from vernacular choices towards globally acknowledged solutions in housing construction, education demand and mode of travel. This process of transformation is leading to population densification, dependence and demand for goods and services, whilst local-bodies of governance are unequipped in spatial solutions that could support undergoing transformation. In road development projects, precursory aspatial impact assessment project rural classified jurisdictions to enhance economically and socially without noting the reciprocatory rapid modification in organisation of space. This leaves vulnerable local governance systems unprepared and creates mismanaged hybrid urban-rural conditions in the region. Observed territorialising effects in West Bengal road development beckon to re-examine road development planning processes, in particular their projected impact under the scope of region’s spatiality. Show more
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NotesConference lecture on 12 July, 2018.
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