Changes in Demographic Scenarios in the fringe of Kolkata City: A Case Study of Maheshtala Municipality

  • Sushobhan Majumdar Research Fellow, Department of Geography, Jadavpur University, Kolkata-700032
Keywords: Southward Growth, Demographic Growth, Land Use Pattern, Price Index Technique.

Abstract

Kolkata is a metro city located at the eastern side of India which was previously under the British ruler till 1912. But the noticeable fact is that though it is a colonial city but it has no proper master plan like the other major cities of India. So Kolkata city has grown in a haphazard way besides of the river Hooghly. Kolkata city is now growing towards south direction as it can be seen from the analysis of the satellite images. Maheshtala Municipality plays a leading role in this southward growth of city. This paper attempts to scrutinize the nature of demographic change of Maheshtala Municipality from 2001-2011 present land use pattern of this area with its changing land price. To visualize and analyze the land use pattern of this municipality Erdas Imagine 14 software has been used. To scrutinize the evaluation of land price of 2000, 2005 and 2015 Price Index Techniques (PIT) have been used. This study reveals that accessibility from the other areas; lots of open space and relatively low price of land are the major causes behind the rapid growth and development of this municipality.

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Published
2019-06-27
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