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Delimiting the Boundary of Delhi for Effective Urban Political Ecology Investigations

First Author’s Affiliation: Department of Environmental Studies, Indraprastha College for Women; Second Author’s Affiliation: Department of Geology (Retd.), University of Delhi; Third Author’s Affiliation: Department of Environmental Studies, University of Delhi.

 

Abstract: Delhi, capital of the world’s largest democracy, is witnessing large-scale increase in population since the beginning of the twentieth century. Two prominent factors that have contributed to this include the shifting of capital of the British Raj from Calcutta (now Kolkata) to Delhi in 1911 and the partition of India that accompanied its independence in 1947. Delhi continued to witness high rate of migration in post-independent India due to uneven implementation of development policies. Rising population led to spatial expansion and the largest connotation of Delhi today (National Capital Region) is an area 36 times its size in 1947. Rising population has also had an adverse impact on Delhi’s natural resources. Consequently, clean air, water and land availability have become limited and Delhi today is undergoing a severe sustainability crisis. The latter requires urgent intervention for restoring Delhi’s urban ecosystem. Since urban areas are highly contested ecological spaces, urban ecological interventions are incomplete without political overtones. Thus, the success of urban ecological interventions lies in identifying politically correct boundaries which encompasses true ‘urban Delhi’ despite the political boundaries. This research contribution attempts to identify the geographical expanse of ‘urban Delhi’ amidst the various political terminologies that define Delhi. An understanding of various divisions and definitions of Delhi is also presented from the perspective of appreciating the challenges in urban planning. We conclude that urban ecology investigations in Delhi should be embedded within the ‘Delhi conurbation’, which represents a geographical area greater than the Delhi city-state but much smaller than Delhi NCR.

Keywords: Delhi conurbation, Delhi NCR, urban ecosystem, urban political ecology.

First received on: 10/02/18.

 

How to Cite:

MPA:
Singh, Govind, et al. “Delimiting the Boundary of Delhi for Effective Urban Political Ecology Investigations”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 3.1 (2018): 31-39.

APA:
Singh, G., Deb, M. & Ghosh, C. (2018). Delimiting the Boundary of Delhi for Effective Urban Political Ecology Investigations. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 3(1), 31-39.

Chicago:
Singh, Govind, et al. “Delimiting the Boundary of Delhi for Effective Urban Political Ecology Investigations”. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development 3, no. 1, (2018): 31-39.

Harvard:
Singh, G., Deb, M. and Ghosh, C. 2018. Delimiting the Boundary of Delhi for Effective Urban Political Ecology Investigations. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development, 3(1), pp. 31-39.

Vancouver:
Singh, G, Deb, M, Ghosh, C. Delimiting the Boundary of Delhi for Effective Urban Political Ecology Investigations. Journal of Innovation for Inclusive Development. 2018; 3(1):31-39.

 

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