Ahmedad/Social analysis on the urban growth of Ahmedabad

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R. P. Misra, K. Misra ed. (1998) Million Cities of India: Growth Dynamics, Internal Structure, Quality of Life and Planning Perspectives: Vol.1. New Delhi: Sustainable Development Foundation

Article Reference: D. Mehta, P. Sharma (1998) ‘Ahmedabad: The Textile City of India’, in R. P. Misra, K. Misra ed., Million Cities of India: Growth Dynamics, Internal Structure, Quality of Life and Planning Perspectives: Vol.1. New Delhi: Sustainable Development Foundation, pp.358-383.

This book is an analytical account of urban India. It comprises of a series of analysis articles contributed by different authors, each of them about a different city in india. The analysis are mainly about the urban growth of the India cities, including urban context, population growth, economic growth and so on, with solid support from maps, datas and research findings.

In the article Ahmedabad: The Textile City of India, by Dinesh Mehta and Poonam Sharma, the urbanisation of Ahmedabad is analysed. It talked about how the arrival of BB & CI railways in 1864 open up new markets for Ahmedabad products, but at the same time brought competition, making Ahmedad had to adopt new textile manufacture techniques which lead to the emergence of multiple factories. With a population growth table, the paper analysed how this factor made the city growth in the pre-independence era from 1872 to 1947.

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