Peri-urban dynamics: Case studies in Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai

This Occasional Paper is the third and last volume of a series on Peri-urban Dynamics. It focuses on selected case studies, drawing from the experiences of peripheral development in Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The broader context of metropolitan growth in India, as well as the background of the urbanization pattern in the states where these cities are located, are at the outset introduced by N. Sridharan.

The dynamism of the peripheral areas of Chennai has been captured by Pushpa Arabindoo (Chapter 2) by comparing the changes that have occurred over a period of time in terms of socio-spatial transformations in two contrasted peri-urban neighbourhoods.

The outward growth of Hyderabad triggered by the development of the Information Technology sector is examined by Leclerc and Bourguignon (Chapter 3) through the case study of the urbanized village of Madhapur and its IT Park (HITEC City); The authors explore and analyse population mobility as a key indicator of the level of integration of an IT cluster within the whole city.

Himanshu Burte and Malini Krishnankutty’s essay (Chapter 4) adopts a different perspective of the urban edge and conceptualizes it in the form of ecological footprints and how the city invades and expands over natural landscapes on the western coast of Mumbai.

These papers highlight conditions of development on the periphery, and how these affect the urban core and the periphery’s spatial, economic and other linkages.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
N. Sridharan

2. Neighbourhood Transformations in Peri-Urban Chennai
Pushpa Arabindoo

3. Defining the urban fringe through population mobility: the case of Madhapur and its Information Technology Park (HITEC City – Hyderabad)
Eric Leclerc & Camille Bourguignon

4. On the Edge: Planning, Describing and Imagining the Seaside Edge of Mumbai
Himanshu Burte & Malini Krishnankutty