Dynamics of Urban Population Growth by Size Class of Towns and Cities in India

Demography India 01/2004; 33(1):47-60.
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    ABSTRACT: Many detailed planning problems have arisen in the context of rapid growth of population of cities, urban agglomeration (U.A) and million plus cities. This rapid growth of cities and urban agglomerations have led to concentration of population at a particular location and created imbalance in the total development. Further this concentration of population at different nodes has brought out various demographic, socio-economic problems. As a minimum requirement, planner and researchers should know the growth of urban agglomerations (UA) in the past and will grow in future. The cause and consequence of growth of population in the cities and urban agglomerations have been discussed at length by various authors viz: Bose Ashish (1978), Jain M.K (1977), Jain M.K., (1993), Mitra Ashok (1980), Prakasam, Upadhyay, (1987), Bhagat R., B., (2002, 2004). Majority of these studies deals with urban growth and growth of small towns. In this study an attempt is made to look in to the recent data collected from Census and on the basis of these data sets project future growth of urban agglomerations and cities in Andhra Pradesh.
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    ABSTRACT: As India has embarked upon economic reforms during the 1990s, published data from the 2001 Census provides an opportunity to study the country's urbanization process with reference to regional inequality and to the contribution of the components of urban growth, namely, natural increase, emergence of new towns, and the net contribution of rural to urban migration. India has more than 4000 cities and towns, which comprise 28 per cent of India's population of 1028 million as enumerated in 2001. However, about two-fifths of India's urban population live in only 35 metropolitan cities. The rate of urban population growth slowed down during the 1990s despite the increased rate of rural to urban migration due to a significant decline in natural increase in urban areas. This has led to an observable slowdown in the pace of India's urbanization.
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